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50 Shades! The Musical Parody

From 9 critic and 81 member reviews
Members say: 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. More…

"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.

1h 30m | Already closed | Elektra Theatre (Midtown W)

Front Row Center

"Who knew bondage and discipline could be so much fun!!" Full Review

Stage Buzz

"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." Full Review

City Guide New York

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

The New York Times

"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." Full Review

New York Daily News

"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.” Full Review

Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"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." Full Review

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love a great comedy and 50 shades of grey

Don't see it if You don't love comedy or 50 shades of grey

Raunchy, Romantic, Original, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like great music

Don't see it if You are a prude

Hilarious, Great acting, Epic, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you read the books and you would understand it better.

Don't see it if Your not into kinky stuff

Refreshing, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You read 50 shades. You didn't read 50 shades. You like parodies. You like to laugh

Don't see it if You are easily offended. You don't like parodies

Raunchy, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Would like a 50 shades of grey parody.

Don't see it if You don't like parody.

Raunchy, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You know even a little about the book trilogy Like dirty humor Not a stick-in-the-mud

Don't see it if Are a stick-in-the-mud

So dirty, Quirky, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if -You ead the Fifty Shades series. -You like making fun of the Fifty Shades series -You like very dirty jokes. -You like parodies.

Don't see it if -You dislike edgy/dirty/raunchy content. -You despise the fifty shades series. -You want a family friendly show.

Hilarious, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you like a play that lets loose and it was so funny my daughter and i couldnt stop laughin

Don't see it if You are very conservative and any.

Profound, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You read the book. Very funny and silly.

Don't see it if You don't like a Parody. Very out there. Ether you will like it or hate it kind of show.

Entertaining, Raunchy, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you want to have a good, raunchy time brought to you by some musical improv geniuses. You don't need to read the book to appreciate it.

Don't see it if you can't take a big irreverent dose of sexual humor.

Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky, Hilarious, Edgy

See it if If you enjoy a brilliant and hysterical parody. I couldn't stop laughing.

Don't see it if If you didn't enjoy the book or don't like inappropriate jokes.

Entertaining, Banal, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you want to have a hilarious night out with your girlfriends, have read 50 Shades of Grey Books, want to drink while watching a show.

Don't see it if you are too "proper" lol :)

Raunchy, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like the movie or are a big improv comedy fan

Don't see it if you don't like raunchy jokes or are in a "high brow" mood

Edgy, Hilarious, Intense, Refreshing, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy dirty humor, enjoy sex jokes and like to laugh alot.

Don't see it if If you're a prude.... or can't handle dirty humor stay home

Hilarious, Raunchy, Funny, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You like the fifty shades series

Don't see it if You do not enjoy sexual shows

Edgy, Funny, Clever

See it if ur anti 50 shades

Don't see it if ur afraid of rauchy sex

Refreshing, Raunchy, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you enjoy parodies

Don't see it if you find 50shades banal

Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You thought the books were silly, fluffy, fun. The songs were funny, the casting was inventive. Had a good, light time.

Don't see it if You hated the books, don't like profanity or vulgar sex jokes.

Fluffy, Raunchy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you LOLed at the terrible writing in the original books and enjoy sight gags.

Don't see it if you are a prude or expect high production values.

Edgy, Entertaining, Banal, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if See it even if you have not read the book. It is really funny. Best if you go with a group of friends.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with banal language and acting. not sure is the best play to go to on a date

Disappointing, Funny

See it if you like parodies.

Don't see it if you like good theatre.

Funny, Disappointing, Edgy, Excruciating, Raunchy

See it if You haven't read any of the books.

Don't see it if You get embarassed by sexual inuendos.

Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if You enjoyed 50 Shades of Gray.

Don't see it if I expected so much more. It was so-so

Enchanting, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if If you like strippers

Don't see it if Not into the whole erotic

Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if If you wanna laugh

Don't see it if If you are a prude

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