50 Shades! The Musical Parody NYC Reviews and Tickets
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious
About the Show
In this musical parody of the book phenomenon, "Fifty Shades of Grey," the audience is led on a comedic roller coaster ride through this unlikely bestseller.
"50 Shades! The Musical" opens with a ladies book club deciding to read the novel. Through their interpretation, we enter a world full of dance numbers, eleven original songs and a live band backing the performance. Like the book series, "50 Shades! The Musical" is surely not for those under the age of 18, but does not cross boundaries that would make general audiences squirm.
"50 Shades! The Musical, an exuberant takeoff, handily delivers the goods. The opportunities for humor are rife, and this show’s script takes full advantage. It is a musical parody, and a very entertaining one."
"Assembled by an orgy of bi-coastal comedy writers, the show is more stimulating than you’d expect, tickling Fifty Shades virgins and detractors alike, although sincere fans may leave frustrated. Bad sex writing is an easy target, and though there are inspired moments, around the one-hour mark you start to wonder if the X-rated goofing is ever going to climax."
"The minds behind 50 Shades! The Musical: The Original Parody apparently decided to make the mega-selling erotic trilogy louder, tackier, and cruder. That’s fine in theory, but the humor goes limp early on. Although there's some fun, you feel a little too much pain and not enough pleasure."
"The tune-filled send-up of E.L. James' sex trilogy: 50 Shades! The Musical, comes in only two basic tones, filthy and funny. In other words, win-win. Its not high art, or even middlebrow, and it’s not trying to be. Given that E.L. James’ prose already reads like a self-parody, dirty-minded humor perfectly fits this send-up of “50 Shades of Grey.”
"As S and M musicals go, 50 Shades! is a mixed leather bag of metal-spiked hits and misses. While some of the lyrics are sassy and smart, others seem cheap and obvious. But you'd have to be a humorless curmudgeon not to laugh out loud at all this silliness."
"50 Shades! The Musical, a parody of something that's basically a parody itself, doesn't overstay its own welcome or overstate its case; it's done within less than 100 minutes, and almost all of those minutes contain genuine humor. None of the songs is likely to become a standard, but it's a surprisingly diverse bunch that never gets tiresome."
"50 Shades! The Musical, a cleverly orchestrated sex romp, played for laughs in ways you cannot begin to imagine...What really puts 50 Shades! in the upper class of farce, though, is the quality of the songs and the actors, who stop the show belting double-entendres with voices that would put TV pop-idol contestants to shame."
"50 Shades! is a smart, raucous party musical, with a cast which proves that New York is home to insanely funny group of talented actors who are able to sing well. It shows its improv-comedy roots; it is smart, sharp, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and knows when to wrap it up. The show zips by, with all cylinders firing at every moment."