As fans await the movie version of "Fifty Shades of Grey," which is expected to hit screens Valentine's Day 2015, there's another, less serious dramatization aiming to satisfy devotees of E.L. James' bestselling novels.
"50 Shades! The Musical" is a stage parody of the books that has been touring the country. The show is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in early 2014, running Feb. 25-March 16. (The show isn't a production of Center Theatre Group, which operates the Kirk Douglas. Producers of the show are renting the theater space for the engagement.)
The production shouldn't be confused with another "Fifty Shades" stage send-up titled "Spank!" that has also been touring the country, and which performed at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles earlier this year. A spokesman for "50 Shades! The Musical" said the show isn't related to any other parodies.
The production of "50 Shades! The Musical" features 11 songs and follows a women's book club dedicated to reading the James novels. Organizers said that the show "is surely not for those under the age of 18, but does not cross boundaries that would make general audiences squirm."
Neither James nor her publisher, Vintage Books, is associated with this production.