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‘50 Shades of Grey’ gets a second Chicago parody

Updated: October 25, 2012 5:30AM

A bestseller (and the sale of 32 million copies of a book certainly qualifies) invariably breeds parodies, as well as “a major motion picture.” And so it is with “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the first in a trilogy of sexually trangressive novels by British writer E.L. James which has spawned two theatrical ventures headed to Chicago soon.

Just a day after the announcement of one parody of the book (“Spank!: The Fifty Shades Parody,” a musical send-up set for a three week engagement beginning Nov. 28 at the Royal George Theatre), comes word of another.

Titled “50 Shades! The Musical,” it will play Nov. 16 and 17 at 10:30 p.m. at Chicago’s Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Already a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show is the creation of Baby Wants Candy, the Chicago-based, internationally-known improv ensemble.

The “50 Shades!” show, set in motion as a ladies’ book club decides to read James’ tale of a bondage and submission relationship, is fully scripted, with dance numbers and 11 original songs with accompaniment from a live band.

Produced by Marshal Cordell, Albert Samuels and Emily Dorezas, in partnership with Baby Wants Candy, “50 Shades!” may extend its run, either at the Apollo or another venue. Meanwhile, for tickets ($20) call (773) 935-6100 or visit (NOTE: The producers offer these cautionary words: “Surely not for those under the age of 18, but it does not cross boundaries that would make general audiences squirm.”)

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