File this under ‘Probably Inevitable’: Fifty Shades of Grey is getting the musical treatment. A parody production of the bestselling erotic novel is heading to an off-Broadway theater in New York this week. That’s right, there’s finally a play your inner goddess, your book club and your mother-in-law can all agree on.
Musical sketch comedy group Baby Wants Candy is bringing their original production 50 Shades! The Musical, to New York’s Gramercy Theater on Jan. 11-12. The work, which is based on the eyebrow-raising 50 Shades of Grey trilogy by British author E.L. James, drew large crowds to the Chicago theater where it originally opened and was part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before its New York premiere.
The show opens with a book club cracking open the steamy tome, which tells the tale of the love affair between millionaire bondage aficionado Christian Grey and his innocent young ingenue, Anastasia Steele. According to the Sun Times, “Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is led on a hilarious roller coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller.” The theatrical production proceeds to skewer the popular and bawdy books via sight gags (Christian Grey with a pot belly!), quick paced dialogue and sketch comedy. The show also features a live band performing 11 original songs, including the raunchily titled “They Get Nasty,” “I Don’t Make Love, I “F#*!” and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me.” While the source material is certainly blush-worthy, according to the New York Post, the musical “won’t make the average theatergoer squirm.” However, the play is recommended for audience members over the age of 18 because of its adult themes.