“Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Unauthorized Musical Parody” is now playing at the Actors’ Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th Street in New York City. Conceived by Tim Flaherty, the show was written by Bradford McMurran, Jeremiah Albers, and Sean Micheal Devereux in conjunction with The Pushers ,Virginia’s preeminent sketch and improv comedy group. The show is a high energy musical spoof on the best selling book “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James. For some people, going to this show might be more fun than actually reading the book.
The cast features a hard working, fun-loving ensemble of actors who transform into to main characters and sideline characters commenting on the story. Laurie Elizabeth Gardner plays Ana with the type of wide eyed “what’s going on here” naiveté that gets the audience laughing and wondering if this character is for real. Matthew Brian Bagley plays Christian Grey with an ability to make him seem initially attractive, but then allows him to become a regular guy who just wants to get the girl. And yes, they do bring in more than just the first book of this series. But let’s not ruin the ending.
Tina Jensen and Alex Gonzalez change costumes continually throughout the show resulting in hilarious new characters who are either a part of the plot of the story or who are observers trying to learn why the book got such good readership. Their characters’ attempts to explain some of the parts of the novel are alone worth seeing.
The songs have plenty of lyrics that follow the storyline and then give a humourous turn. The music is catchy and at times very familiar such as the parody on the Madonna hit “Like a Virgin.” The cast sings, dances, and plays their parts to the fullest to help the audience have a good time.
This is a funny show with some off color moments but consider this: When you enter the theatre, the stage is set with upright panels with kinds of paraphernalia one might expect from “Fifty Shades of Grey” including restraints, handcuffs, etc. hanging in full view. But set in the midst of all these items hanging is a rubber chicken. You just know right from the start that this show doesn’t take it all too seriously. However, it is probably best for adults due to the subject being addressed. The show’s promotional materials suggest it might be inappropriate for anyone 17 and under. By the way, if you haven’t read the book, you’ll still be able to follow along very easily!
“Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Unauthorized Musical Parady” is a great start for a girl’s night out, a bachelorette party, or for people who just need a good laugh in an unconventional style. The Actors’ Temple Theatre is a unique space with very comfortable seating and a convenient location. The show plays on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Run is time approximately 85 minutes with no intermission.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to Telecharge.com or purchase them right at the theatre.