Just a tease: Parody pokes fun at popular ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ novels

Submitted: Scene from ‘Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody’

Spank. Go ahead. Say it. You know it feels good. What? No need to turn fifty shades of scarlet. This won’t hurt – promise.

“Spank!” is the title of a new comedic musical opening Jan. 31 at York’s Strand-Capitol Performing Art Center. It parodies the hyper sexualized “Fifty Shades of Grey” series by E. L. James, which millions couldn’t put down last year.

The book, which is being turned into a movie, veers into NC-17 territory and beyond. But the unauthorized stage production is more silly than steamy.

“There is a reasonable amount of spanking,” said Gabe Bowling, the male lead who plays a version of the devious Christian Grey from the book. Read the rest of the article, about the year in “Fifty Shades” and an excerpt of a review of the erotic novel.

If you go
See “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. The unauthorized musical parody brings E. L. James’ best-selling “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy to life. There will be pre-show cocktails and a chance to meet the cast after the performance. Tickets cost $33.50, $38.50 and $43.50. The show is a rental presentation, so some Strand box office policies might not apply. For details and tickets, call 717-846-1111 or visit mystrandcapitol.org.

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