BY RUTH RICE
The musical parody of a hot, best-selling novel will heat up a cold January afternoon.
“50 Shades! The Musical, The Original Parody,” a takeoff on the bestselling book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will be performed at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
The musical opens with a women’s book club deciding to read “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a 2011 erotic romance novel by British author E.L. James.
This first installment in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.
The novel is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes as the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair.
This production is not part of the arts center’s regular season.
Executive director Michael Bodolosky was asked to bring the show to Johnstown by New York producers.
“They contacted me,” Bodolosky said.
“I’ve had shows from them in the past, so I have no qualms about it. I’ll be going to New York to catch the show on Jan. 9.”
In the musical parody, the book club’s interpretation of the novel leads the audience on a hilarious roller-coaster ride of this unlikely best seller.
“They start off reading the book, and the scenes are acted out as they imagine what is going on,” Bodolosky said.
“It’s a parody of the book.”
The show is full of dance numbers, 11 original songs and a live band backing the performance.
Original songs include “They Get Nasty,” “I Don’t Make Love” and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me.”
“This is a great opportunity for the folks in Johnstown who are looking for something different,” Bodolosky said.
“New York is coming to Johnstown.”
Bodolosky said he has checked the cost of attending the show at other venues, and the arts center is offering reasonable ticket prices.
The musical is not recommended for those younger than age 18.
“It’s for mature audiences only,” Bodolosky cautioned.
The musical has had sold-out audiences in Chicago and New York and had a hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a four-star review.
Critics are calling the musical parody a sexy, hilarious romp and a laugh-out-loud night of fun that is impossible to resist.
“50 Shades! The Musical” is produced by Marshall Cordell, Albert Samuels and Emily Dorezas.
More information can be found at www.50ShadesMusical.com.
The other books in James’ trilogy are “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”
A 2015 Universal Pictures feature film based on “Fifty Shades of Grey” is planned.
Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.