Complete casting has been announced for “50 Shades! The Musical Parody,” a stage show inspired by E.L. James’ popular erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Opening night is set for Feb. 12 at Carlos P. Romulo Theater in RCBC Plaza, Makati.
Featured in the company is a mix of international thespians, including performers from the off-Broadway and Las Vegas productions of “50 Shades! The Musical Parody,” plus some homegrown stage and screen talents.
Leading the foreign artists are Brenna Wahl, Greg Kata, Chloe Williamson, Kaitlyn Frotton, Chris Hodgson, Casey Renee Rogers and Isaac Saleh. Rounding out the cast are seasoned Filipino theater stars Bituin Escalante, Karel Marquez, Lorenz Martinez, George Schulze and Julz Savard.
Al Samuels, who cowrote and directed the off-Broadway, UK and US tour productions of the musical, will also direct the Manila production.
“It’s so exciting to develop the Filipino version of ‘50 Shades!’ working with many of the actors I have already worked with in the United States, but now also with a whole host of great Filipino stars,” said Samuels, “I think this combination will make for a great production, one that builds on the success the show has enjoyed around the world, but also with awesome Pinoy flair.”
Joining Samuels on the creative team are Robbie Guevara (assistant director), Mio Infante (scenographer), Mindy Cooper and PJ Rebullida (choreographers), Only Torres (musical director-vocals), Daniel Bartolome (musical director-instrumentation), Martin Esteva (lighting designer) and Myrene Santos (hair and makeup designer).
“50 Shades! The Musical Parody” opens with a trio of girlfriends setting aside staid book club fare in favor of a sexier sort of page-turner. Interest piqued, they devour the novel, while the delicious affair of Anastasia and Christian comes to life before their eyes. The musical is an uproarious roller-coaster ride through this unlikely best seller.
The show features a sassy original score, with musical influences ranging from traditional musical theater to R&B to Gilbert and Sullivan, including the provocative “I Don’t Make Love…” and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me.”
Tickets are now available at SM Tickets, TicketWorld and TicketNet outlets. Only limited tickets are available so secure your tickets now. For more information about the show, visit www.50shadesmanila.com or call tel. 4706956.
“50 Shades! The Musical Parody” is presented by Vivre Fort Entertainment and 9 Works Theatrical in cooperation with ABS-CBN, e-PLUS Tap to Pay, Star World, Fox, Fox Filipino, David’s Salon, Victoria Court, Home Radio 97.9, Mellow 94.7 and Luna Films. Shows will run until March 1, and ticket prices are at P 5,000, 4500, 4,000, 3,500, 2,500 and 1,500.
The show is recommended for mature audiences only, ages 18+. Like the book series, cis surely not for those under the age of 18, but does not cross boundaries that would make general audiences squirm. All guests require a ticket, regardless of age.