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"50 Shades! The Musical" - The Original Parody at the Elektra Theatre... Perfs begin November 18


 

A musical parody of the greatest novel of all-time

Royal Mile Entertainment, Marshall Cordell, and Andrew Asnes

PRESENT

50 Shades! The Musical THE ORIGINAL PARODY

THE ELEKTRA THEATRE 669 Eighth Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd Streets)

PERFORMANCES BEGIN NOVEMBER 18th OPENING JANUARY 9th

50ShadesTheMusical.com

50 Shades! The Musical, the original parody (50ShadesTheMusical.com) will play The Elektra Theatre (669 Eighth Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Street) beginning November 18th with opening night set for Thursday, January 9th. Directed by Al Samuels, 50 Shades! The Musical is produced by Royal Mile Entertainment, Marshall Cordell, and Andrew Asnes.

50 Shades! The Musical is about sex, humor, and bondage. Adapted from one of the most popular books of all time, it features the infamous characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, whose intensely erotic relationship comes to laugh-out-loud life in this new parody, with original songs, for the stage.

Since author E.L. James book was published, more than 70 million copies have been sold worldwide. Universal Studios will release the film August 1, 2014.

With a book by Al Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, and Dan Wessels, and music and lyrics by Al Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels, 50 Shades! The Musical has Set and Costume Design by John Dunnett,Matt Kraus. Joy Dewing is the casting director.

Casting will be announced shortly.

50 Shades! The Musical had a hit run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is currently enjoying great success on a national tour, including a week long engagement at San Francisco's Marines' Memorial Theater and an upcoming week long engagement at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse. Like the book series, 50 Shades! The Musical is not for those under the age of 18, but does not cross boundaries that would make general audiences squirm.

The novel 50 Shades of Grey sold 25 million copies in its first four months in the UK and 32 million copies in the U.S. The novel became the fastest selling paperback book ever, beating out J.K Rowling's Harry Potter series, and was on the New York Times' Best Sellers List for 16 weeks straight. Universal and Focus Features paid $5 million for the film rights and there have been more than 60 printings of the book. The book has made reading erotica on the subway acceptable.

The Original Cast Recording of 50 Shades! The Musical on Theater Advisor Records is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, at www.50ShadesTheMusical.com and in stores everywhere September 24th.

Thanksgiving Week - November 25 - December 1

Monday at 7pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday DARK, Thursday DARK, Friday at 8pm and 10:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3:30pm and 7pm

Christmas Week - December 23 - 29

Monday at 7pm, Tuesday DARK, Wednesday at 8pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm and 10:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3:30pm and 7pm

New Year's Week - December 30 - January 5

Monday at 7pm, Tuesday DARK, Wednesday DARK, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm and 10:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3:30pm

Bios

AL SAMUELS (Director, Producer, Head Writer, Lyrics) is a founding member of Baby Wants Candy, toured with Second City's National Touring Company and co-wrote and performed in two critically acclaimed reviews on Second City's Mainstage. He co-created and starred in the NBC Comedy "Sports Action Team" and "The Venue", which won "Best Pilot" in the Comedy Central Pilot Competition.

EMILY DOREZAS (Producer, Writer) is Executive Producer of Baby Wants Candy and Spark Creative and served as producer/writer for Second City's Business Theater. Emily has performed stand up comedy across the US and appeared on Comedy Central's "Tosh.0", "Stand Up Live" and "Sports Action Team". Twitter: @Emdorezas

AMANDA BLAKE DAVIS (Writer, Lyrics, Music) is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She is a veteran of The Second City in Chicago, where she wrote and performed in five original revues. Shows include Campaign Supernova and Studs Terkel's Not Working, for which she won a Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Revue. She also co-wrote the original musical Broads on Boards (Annoyance Theater, Chicago). She improvises regularly with Baby Wants Candy and Virgin Daiquiri.

JODY SHELTON (Writer, Music, Lyrics) was a musical director of the Second City National Touring Company and performs with renowned musical improv ensemble Baby Wants Candy. Jody has released three critically acclaimed solo albums and most recently launched his latest recording project, "Daughter & Son". Jody also served as musical director for Cuts - An Uplifting Musical, Nicole Parker's Suitcase Full Of Lies and Colleen McHugh's Calendar Girl.

ASHLEY WARD (Writer, Lyrics, Music) hails from Conyers, GA. She performs with the critically acclaimed Baby Wants Candy all around the world. Ashley is a proud Striking Viking Story Pirate and a "Jeopardy!" champion. She holds a degree in Musical Theater from Webster University St. Louis and recently appeared in the NYTVF selections Actualized and Sweet Misery and in the upcoming feature film "Breakup at a Wedding".

DAN WESSELS (Writer, Music, Lyrics) is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter and teacher. As a music director with Baby Wants Candy, he's improvised hundreds of musicals in Chicago, around the US, and in the UK. He currently works as resident composer and music director for LA's 30 Minute Musicals, which produces new musicals every other month, and as music director for The Second City Hollywood. Other credits: Story Pirates LA, Second City Theatricals on Norwegian Cruise Lines. www.danwessels.com

ROB LINDLEY (Associate Director) is a Chicago-based actor, director, and singer. Rob recently directed Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill for Porchlight Music Theatre. Rob has appeared in productions at Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Asolo Rep, and the Ravinia Festival. Rob won a Jeff Award for his performance in Oh Coward! (Writers' Theatre) and has performed with Baby Wants Candy in Chicago and New York.

JOANNA GREER (Choreographer)Joanna is a Musical Theater Performance graduate from Columbia College Chicago. As a Director-Choreographer, Artistic Director and Teaching Artist she has had the pleasure of working with numerous companies such as TADA! (Drama Desk Award), The American Ballroom Theater (featured in the award-winning documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom"), YANY, and The Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Joanna is also the co-founder of Kinetic Dance Theater www.KineticDanceTheater.org, a NYC-based dance theater collective.

MARSHALL CORDELL (Producer) has invested in a wide range of film and live theater projects including comedienne Sarah Silverman's 2006 film "Jesus is Magic" and Director Morgan Spurlock's 2008 film "What Would Jesus Buy" along with hit Broadway shows Spamalot and Addams's Family. Over the last 10 years Marshall has produced over 100 shows at the popular Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland including Jim Henson's The Muppets R Rated and Nancy "Voice of Bart Simpson" Cartwright in her one woman show My Life as a 10 Year Old Boy.

JOHN DUNNETT (Set and Costume Designer) is a Canadian designer of scenery, lighting and costume for dance, theatre, opera and film. Recent credits include Kingdom Coming; West Side Story (Skirball); Coney (New Ohio); Trouble: A New Rock Musical (NYMF). Upcoming: "Art as a W(hole)" (Pilot Series); Spring Awakening; The Last Five Years (Round Table). www.johndunnett.com

MATT KRAUS (Sound Designer) Broadway: Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony; Liza's at the Palace...! Other productions include: And the World Goes Round (Bucks County Playhouse); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Classical Stage Company); Lend Me a Tenor (Paper Mill Playhouse); Forever Dusty (New World Stages); The Buddy Holly Story; Fat Camp: The Musical; Absinthe (Caesar's Palace); The Voca People; Lone Star Love; Ain't MisBehavin' (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Macbeth and Trojan Women (Classical Theatre of Harlem, AUDELCO nominations). Matt also has the pleasure of designing sound for Liza Minnelli wherever the world takes us.

HERRICK GOLDMAN (Lighting Designer) is the owner of HG Lighting Design Inc. He has designed all over the world. NYC Credits include Joe Dipietro's Falling For Eve; Rooms; Godspell 2000; Flamingo Court; 666; Serenade; Loaded; Tommy; Whorehouse, and many others. He is a Hewes nominee & Redden award-winner for Rooms and an ISES award-winner for Best Event Design. www.HGLightingDesign.com

BRAD LANDERS (Associate Choreographer) holds a BA in musical theater performance/speech from Wagner College, Staten Island, NY. He traversed North and Central/South America for three years with the tour of Cats as dance captain/swing. Brad most recently worked with STREB Dance Co. for the London 2012 Cultural Olympic festival. As a choreographer, Brad has worked with the Scissor Sisters ("Let's Have a Kiki"), Rachel Lorin (Oxygen's "Next Big Thing"), Chrissi Poland, and Dana Moore. www.thebradlanders.com

JOY DEWING CASTING (Casting Director) - Broadway: Soul Doctor; Wonderland. Off Broadway: Forever Dusty; Soul Doctor; The Voca People; The Sphinx Winx; Dear Edwina. Current/recent tours: Bring it On; Ghost; Mamma Mia; West Side Story; Catch Me If You Can. Dance companies: Rasta Thomas, Elizabeth Streb. Past tours: In the Heights; Fiddler on the Roof (starring Topol/Harvey Fierstein); Cats; 42nd Street; Legally Blonde; Jesus Christ Superstar (starring Ted Neeley); Movin' Out; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT - EVA PRICE (General Manager) is a producing, developing and management company founded in 2005 by Eva Price, Avram Freedberg and Mary Beth Dale. Associate General Manager, Holly Sutton, joined Maximum in 2009. General Management credits on Broadway, Off Broadway and On Tour include: Colin Quinn Long Story Short; Forever Dusty; Voca People; The Judy Show; Circumcise Me; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; The Magic School Bus; Live!; Ella; 'S Wonderful; Strega Nona and I Love A Piano.