50 Shades, the Musical at The Elektra Theatre


   New dates and schedule announced


      50 Shades! The Musical

A musical parody of the greatest novel of all-time

Fifty Shades of Grey



300 W.43rd Street





50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody (www.50ShadesTheMusical.com) has announced new dates and opening night at The Elektra Theatre (300 W. 43rd Street). The show will begin performances on Friday, February 21st with opening night set for March 12th. The change was due to a shift in management at the Elektra Theatre, which is now complete. Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, 50 Shades! the Musical – The Original Parody is produced by Royal Mile Entertainment, Andrew Asnes, Rob Kolson and 50 Shades Tour LLC.

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.”

Since author E.L. James’ book was published, more than 70 million copies have been sold worldwide. The novel became the fastest selling paperback book ever, beating out J.K Rowling’s Harry Potterseries, and was on the New York Times’ Best Sellers List for 16 weeks straight. There have been more than 60 printings of the book and Universal Studios will release the film on February 13, 2015.  The book has made reading erotica on the subway acceptable.

50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody has 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. Set and Costume Design is by John Dunnett, Lighting Design is by Herrick Goldman, and Sound Design is by Matt Kraus.Joy Dewing is the casting director.

Casting will be announced shortly.

50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody had a hit run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is currently enjoying great success on a national tour, including engagements at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theater and Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. An upcoming run at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles will begin in February. 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 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.

50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody begins previews at The Elektra Theatre (300 W. 43rd Street) on February 21st, with opening night scheduled for March 12th. The performance schedule of 50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody is: Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2:00pm, Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 7:30pm and 10:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm. Tickets, priced at $49-$79 are available at www.50ShadesTheMusical.com. Premium seating is also available.


 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 LASecond City Theatricals on Norwegian Cruise Lines. www.danwessels.com

ROB LINDLEY (Associate Director) is a Chicago-based actor, director, and singer. Rob recently directedLady 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.

ANDREW ASNES (Executive Producer) is an entrepreneur and theatrical producer. For Broadway he has been a producer of The Color Purple MusicalLegally Blonde the MusicalSuperior Donuts and All My Sons, as well tours and international productions of The Color Purple Musical and Legally Blonde the Musical. His production company financed the Original Cast Album of Legally Blonde the Musical. Previously Mr. Asnes was a principal dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance and performed in the Broadway productions of ContactJumpers and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as well as in several television programs and films. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College. Andrew is the Founder of TheaterAdvisor.com. http://www.roundhillentertainment.com

ROB KOLSON (Producer) is an Emmy Award winning producer, writer, and composer. He owns Chicago’s Apollo Theater and Is a founding partner of WITv, a Chicago and LA-based comedy television studioHis theater producing /general-managing credits include, among others, Always Patsy Cline, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, The Odd Couple, Menopause the Musical, The Vagina Monologues, Do the White Thing, and If You Ever Leave Me, I’m Going With You (Broadway) Before producing, he was a music director for Chicago’s The Second City and on the economics faculty of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. His Apollo Theater currently hosts Million Dollar Quartet, which is in the sixth year of its Chicago run.

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 ComingWest Side Story (Skirball); Coney(New Ohio); Trouble: A New Rock Musical (NYMF). Upcoming: “Art as a W(hole)” (Pilot Series); Spring AwakeningThe Last Five Years (Round Table). www.johndunnett.com

MATT KRAUS (Sound Designer) Broadway: Kathy Griffin Wants a TonyLiza’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 StoryFat Camp: The Musical; Absinthe (Caesar’s Palace); The Voca People; Lone Star LoveAin’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 EveRoomsGodspell 2000Flamingo Court666;SerenadeLoadedTommyWhorehouse, 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. http://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 PeopleThe Judy Show; Circumcise Me; The Great American Trailer Park MusicalThe Magic School Bus; Live!; Ella‘S WonderfulStrega Nona and I Love A Piano.


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