50 Shades! The Musical

Al Samuels and Rob Lindley + 50 Shades! The Musical
Thursday, October 27 th, 2016 at 00:10 am Dr Joy Browne
Director (s):
Al Samuels and Rob Lindley
Chris Grace, Amber Petty, and Ashley Ward
50 Shades of Grey

I must admit upfront, I didn’t read the books, I know I may be the only woman in America who didn’t, but as far as I can tell, it a book about dominance. You have Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, Grey is supposed to be a billionaire with kinky tastes, and Anastasia is the young innocent virgin, who is strangely drawn to him, and the idea is that submitting is really control. The play is called, “The Orginial Parody of the Greatest Novel ever written, Shades, the Musical. So, the idea is, you have three housewives who get together and have a book club, one wants to do “Soup for One” by Martha Stewart, and they decide to do “50 Shades of Grey”, so all the action occurs with these women fantasizing and reading this book. This is hilarious, and it really makes you understand how deep the talent pool is in New York City, because this is an off-off-off-off Broadway production, but the band is terrific and the cast is uniformly great, they have two guys in leather pants and not much else with great bodies come in and they have an “inner goddess” who is gorgeous. Christian is played by Chris Grace, who is just wonderful, but not “hunky” in the least, but adorable and funny. Anastasia is played by Amber Petty, who is attractive, but certainly a lot more zaftig than we are used to seeing from our leading ladies, but the point being, that the cast is terrific. Here is a kind of a raunchy tale that somehow works, nobody gets completely naked, although the people with the great bodies get fairly close. It is a story of domination with all sorts of sex toys that are alluded to and occasionally shown. The songs are sort of uniformly tacky, but funny and clever, and the voices and the harmonies are wonderful. So it’s a tacky subject with some questionable lyrics, but is exceptionally well done, and it is a great experience at about half the cost of a normal Broadway ticket. 4.5 stars