The “mommy porn” publishing phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” had two follow-ups.
So it should be no big surprise that last year’s theatrical parody has already whipped up a sequel.
“We’ve been blessed,” director and head writer Jim Millan says. “It’s been quite a ride. Maybe we’ll get a boost when the movie comes out.”
Millan, who also wrote the book for the first musical, says the original show was about a housewife who wanted to write an erotic fantasy, where the process of writing was acted out onstage.
“In this one, the author, E.B. Janet, is writing a novel where her heroine, Tasha Wood, meets a sexy veterinarian,” Millan explains. “He’s an utterly hot babe whose name is Carter Carnegie, and he’s much more of a McDreamy. So there’s this love triangle between Hugh Hanson, who is our Christian Grey character. With Hugh, it continues to not be about love. It’s all about sex with him. So we double our fun with two hot guys and two girls we’ve come to love.”
The show has upped the “ladies night out” quotient, as well. The producers held a Facebook contest in which fans came up with named for cocktails to be served before the show. The winning names are the “Bend and Kiss” and the “Spank Hard Lemonade.” The two cocktails were created by Vinny Venezi, director of food and beverage for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which manages Parker Playhouse.
“After the show, our guys come out and take photos with anyone in the audience who wants to do it,” says Millan, who also collaborated with Larry King for his stage show, and helped rework “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” on Broadway. “Just to sort of break down that wall a little bit and continue the party in to the lobby a little bit. There’s a nice menu of girly drinks. The whole idea is to make the whole experience a really memorable night out.”
The music this time around is a mix of eight original songs and parodies.
“For example, there is this song called ‘I Want To Do It Normal Style,’ and it’s sort of like a R. Kelly jam,” Millan says. “There are some parodies, too. We reverse cast and re-lyric ‘Blurred Lines.’ Instead of sexy girls in lingerie, we have the two boys in the cast in tighty-whiteys. They’re the ones doing the sexy choreography, and our girls do the other parts. It’s so much funnier when you do a reverse stereotype. There’s a mix of sort of sexy songs and almost Broadway-esque moments. We are great fans of surprising the audience. Just when you think we’ve settled into a certain brand of comedy, we go off in another direction.”
“Spank! Harder” will appear 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale (in Holiday Park). Tickets cost $36.50 and 46.50. Call 954-462-0222 or go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.