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A parody of the popular, soft-porn book, 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' comes to Jacksonville

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" is performed April 9-13 at the Times- Union Center's Terry Theater.
"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" is performed April 9-13 at the Times- Union Center's Terry Theater.
"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" is performed April 9-13 at the Times- Union Center's Terry Theater.
"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" is performed April 9-13 at the Times- Union Center's Terry Theater.
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7:30 p.m. April 9-11, 8 p.m. April 12, 4:30 & 8 p.m. April 13

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Terry Theatre, 300 W. Water St., Downtown Jacksonville

442-2929

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The scandalous book that got the attention of women everywhere, “50 Shades of Grey,” is now coming to life on stage. “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” is set in a parallel world to the book, with a more comedic twist.

“It is a parody with musical elements,” writer/director Jim Millan told Folio Weekly in a phone interview. Millan added that the show is silly and naughty in equal measure. 

The main character of the show plays the writer who invents the story and brings the other two members of the cast to life. She also plays all the other characters in the story.

Millan said the story made for a great romantic comedy plot. With a 21-year-old virgin meeting a 28-year-old virgin who has all the great male qualities, it is a woman’s fantasy. The male character, Hugh Hanson, also has some dark secrets.

The show has two companies touring the United States, as well as a third company touring Australia. Millan said the shows have been selling out and the companies are being invited back to the theaters that they have visited.

“We feel blessed that people think our show is as funny as we do,” Millan said. “We have to stop the show sometimes to let people laugh.”

Millan said that the musical elements help defy audience expectations and spice up the show, with elements like a strip-tease by Hanson.

Although the audience was originally 95 percent women, Millan said more men are showing up.

“There is a lot of energy in the room, and the boyfriends and husbands that come get treated well, before and after,” Millan said. “It works out for them. If you’re wives want to bring you, go along.”

Millan directed the Canadian sketch comedy “The Kids in the Hall” for 12 years. In the past year he has also created a stage show for “MythBusters” as well as a show for Larry King. When he was contacted about making a parody of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” he immediately got to work. Within six weeks, it was on stage.

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