500 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
Category: Performing Arts Venues
Region: Downtown/ Midtown
Author E.L. James hasn't authorized the new musical SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody, but we're guessing even she'd get a giggle or two out of it. Think Saturday Night Live meets Chippendales and you get an idea of the show's tone. Written and directed by Jim Millan (Kids in the Hall, Marijuana-Logues with Tommy Chong), SPANK! is loosely based on the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. The books caused a literary uproar when they were released and spawned a huge ''mommy porn'' industry (dozens of Grey wannabes have flooded the market trying to recapture James's magic). The stage show adds a little much-needed satire. Actually, a lot of much-needed satire. The original story featured 22-year-old Anastasia Steele and an impossibly wealthy and handsome business magnate, Christian Grey. In SPANK!, the sexually adventurous lovers are Tasha Woode (played by Alice Moran) and Hugh Hanson (Patrick Whalen).
Thu., Jan. 17, 8 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 18, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 19, 8 p.m., 2013