The production officially opened March 12, 2014, at the Elektra Theatre following previews that began Feb. 21.
"It has been truly wonderful to bring 50 Shades! The Musical Parody to New York," executive producer Andrew Asnes said in a statement. "We have been overwhelmed by the reception from audiences and critics alike and look forward to continuing to make people laugh out loud with our sit down production in Las Vegas and in productions around the world. Thank you NY for 453 shows."
The cast comprises Jack Boice (The Phantom of the Opera international tour), Melanie Brook (Tony and Tina's Wedding), Adam Hyndman ("The Sing Off"), Tim Murray ("White House Down"), Amber Petty (voice of Sirius/XM's Radio Margaritaville), Casey Rogers (Catch Me If You Can), Aili Venho (Finian's Rainbow), Laura Yoder Witt (Seussical), Alec Varcas (Spamalot), Chloe Williamson (Save The Date) and Zach Kononov (Spring Awakening).
Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, the musical features a book by Al Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels, and music and lyrics by Amanda Blake Davis, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, Al Samuels and Dan Wessels.
Here's how the show is billed: "50 Shades! the Musical - The Original Parody opens with a trio of girlfriends setting aside staid book club fare in favor of a sexier sort of page-turner. Interest piqued, they devour the novel while the notorious characters', Anastasia and Christian, delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. The musical is an uproarious rollercoaster ride through this unlikely bestseller. The show features a sassy original score with musical influences ranging from traditional musical theater to R&B to Gilbert and Sullivan, including the provocative 'I Don’t Make Love...' and 'There's a Hole Inside of Me.'" The production has set and costume design by John Dunnett, lighting design by Herrick Goldman, choreography by Mindy Cooper and sound design by Matt Kraus. Joy Dewing is the casting director, and Michael Thomas Murray is musical director.
Visit 50ShadesTheMusical.com for more information.