One thing I know to be true: Off-Broadway shows, like sushi and online dating profiles, are not all created equal.
While my own acting career ended after high school, I have since honed my talent for recognizing which shows get a thumbs up and which shows one should not get out of bed for.
50! Shades The Musical, which I saw yesterday at The Elektra Theater at Times Square Arts Center with my (cool) mom, gets my stamp of approval. I recommend this “original parody of the Greatest Novel Ever Written” to just about anyone. (Note: Reading the book is not a pre-requisite for enjoying the musical, but the musical may fill you with a strong desire to see the soon-to-premiere-movie!) I think the play is especially great for: Bachelorette parties, Girls Nights Out, Date Night for open-minded couples, Date Night for couples who need to open their minds, and, of course, all men and women with a penchant for raunch!
Wondering if you should go see it? I'd say give it a whirl if:
You like a ROFL-good time. It’d be hard not to enjoy this show with the witty song lyrics, clever script, and heavy dose of double entendres. And who doesn’t like to be rolling on the floor laughing until their stomach hurts? Even if you don’t find the show as hilarious as yesterday’s audience did, you are sure to appreciate the music. The actors have amazingly powerful voices and some of the scantily-clad dancers are bonafide eye candy! In the lobby, they sell alcohol and sex toys. ‘Nuff said.
You are down to (re) discover your own unique level of prude or kink. Yes, boys and girls, this show is ripe with opportunity for learning more about your own sexuality. With actors that simulate sex right in front of your face and language that would make a Sex-ed teacher blush, there are scenes that will either make you raise an eyebrow or want to try something new at home. As the female protagonist, Anastasia, sings “We’re just like any other couple,” while tied up, you’ll be forced to confront your own views on dominance and submissiveness in sexual relationships. Warning: The feminist in you may find some of this hard to stomach, but it's really not that bad to watch. The fact that it will show you more about what you like and dislike in the bedroom is a good thing
You like to see the underdog on top. Maybe even literally. Pun intended! All jokes aside, the male protagonist, Christian Grey, gets the girl. In the book and movie, he may not seem like the underdog, because he is actually a billionaire; but he’s the underdog in the sense that he comes from an abusive past. In the musical parody, he’s the average-looking, slightly effeminate, awkward, sweaty dude with a protruding belly. In other words, he looks more like the guy who’d be friend-zoned than the alpha male who’d dominate a sweet, innocent, relationship-oriented beauty. Yet, she falls in love with him. If you root for the underdog, you’ll fall in love with Christian too! Even if you are totally against anything BDSM, watching him perform “I Don’t Make Love, I F**k,” will probably make you want to buy him a beer.
Have you seen 50! Shades The Musical? What are you own top three reasons to see the show? Share your comments about this blog post below.
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