The popular erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" has a stage parody that made waves south of the border and is finally hitting a Canadian stage – "SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody" will be playing at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto from Wednesday to Sunday of this week, and it's getting a lot of buzz.
Presented by Mills Entertainment and Just For Laughs, the musical sold out their shows in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Las Vegas before heading north of the border, and is destined for a similar fate in TO. "It feels like a rock concert," Jim Millan, the Toronto-based director and co-writer, said of the electrifying vibe from the audience (to The Canadian Press). "Like, the women are screaming… Mostly it's a women's night out and they sort of scream from the time that the lights go down. We anticipated that the love they have for the book would translate into their enthusiasm for a night out but we couldn't imagine it would be like this."
The show will also travel to Chicago later this month. Producers in Australia and the UK have expressed interest in buying rights to the show as well.
Although the show pokes fun at the bestselling novel, producers insist that all of the material is one-of-a-kind. "…We've had very expensive lawyers, old lawyers, poring over books" to make sure there were no legal issues, said Millan. "The reason I say that is it just makes me laugh to think that we paid an old lawyer to read 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' and it just makes me laugh more if I think they're really old and they're poring over the book, slowly turning the pages, not smiling, and then they read the play."
Tickets for the Toronto shows of "SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody" range from $48.75 and $58.75.