March 28 - A new off-Broadway production pokes fun at the hype surrounding the book trilogy. Alicia Powell reports.
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The pages of the wildly popular book "Fifty Shades of Grey" have now been set to music and given a humorous twist for a new off-Broadway production in New York City called "Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody".
The musical is the brainchild of producer Tim Flaherty who called on writers Jeremiah Albers, Sean Devereux and Bradford McMurran to bring the idea to life.
SOUNDBITE: Bradford McMurran, co-writer, saying (English):
"We went and read the books embarrassingly. And I hate to say it, but I got into them. But I went and recruited this guy and this guy and from there we spent 14 hours days writing and laughing and throwing stuff away and coming back to it."
And after nearly four months the play made its debut on March 27th to a sold out crowd.
Flaherty said turning the racy content of the book into something stage-friendly was easy.
SOUNDBITE: Tim Flaherty, producer, saying (English):
"What you do you sort of play it over the top. You take something that would be graphic in the book and then you make it just comical in the show. And I think that takes all the creepiness out of it. And you know, makes it fun and everyone can be in on the joke."
During the 85 minute show, four actors boldly navigate multiple characters without any inhibitions.
Laurie Elizabeth Gardner plays Anastasia Steele.
SOUNDBITE: Laurie Elizabeth Gardner, actress, plays Anastasia Steele, saying (English)
"We're all very close, so it's been really fun, which I think that helps not make it, what could be awkward situations, not awkward."
The trio of writers are quick to point out the silliness of the musical and hope the book's author, E.L. James, doesn't mind.
SOUNDBITE: Sean Devereux, co-writer, saying (English):
"We're waiting for the phone call. If not from her, definitely from her lawyer."
The musical will have its official opening night on May 5th.