Concluding April 26 50 Shades! The Musical Parody (Off-Broadway at the Elektra Theatre). 50 Shades! The Musical, a parody of the best-selling book series, features Jack Boice, Melanie Brook, Adam Hyndman, Tim Murray, Amber Petty, Casey Rogers, Aili Venho, Laura Yoder Witt, Alec Varcas, Chloe Williamson and Zach Kononov. 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.'" Visit 50ShadesTheMusical.com.
Séquence 8 (Off-Broadway at New York City Center's Mainstage). "From the spellbinding nouveau cirque company behind Broadway's Pippin comes Séquence 8, a show that explores human emotions so intense that they explode into highflying acrobatics," according to New York City Center. "Starring eight fearless performers from the Montreal-based Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers), the emotionally intimate Séquence 8 redefines the meaning of the word 'circus' through a unique fusion of acrobatics, hip-hop, humor, and propulsive music." Séquence 8 is directed by two of the company's seven artistic directors, Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila. Visit NYCityCenter.org.
Buzzer (Off-Broadway at The Public Theater's Martinson Theater). Tessa Ferrer, Grantham Coleman and Michael Stahl-David star in Tracey Scott Wilson's Buzzer. Buzzer, about racial tensions in Brooklyn, is directed by Obie winner Anne Kauffman. According to the Public, "Buzzer is a darkly funny new play about race, real estate and sexual betrayal. Harvard-educated lawyer Jackson (Coleman) returns to his formerly tough Brooklyn neighborhood now 'on the verge' of gentrification. When a childhood friend comes to crash, fresh out of rehab, tensions mount between Jackson and his white girlfriend Suzy (Ferrer). The trio quickly becomes trapped between the tensions inside their own home and the dangers that may lurk outside. Anne Kauffman directs this electrifying New York premiere about love, fear, and the uncomfortable price of privilege." Visit PublicTheater.org.