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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ parody heads to Bally’s; changes at Strip shows

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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan on the set of “Fifty Shades of Grey” due out Feb. 14, 2015.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

50 Shades The Parody

Even before the erotic romance movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” opens on Valentine’s Day, the scandalous film starring Dakota Johnson, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and hunky Jamie Dornan has kicked up controversy, just like the original 2011 book that set summer reading ablaze with previously taboo sex tales of bondage, domination and sadomasochism.

Here are two trailers for the film posted on YouTube:

Now our Strip entertainment scene is about to step up its sex quotient with the Las Vegas debut of “50 Shades! The Parody” and its 10-day jump on the steamy film’s release. The hilarious parody, which has played to sold-out audiences across the country, will move into Windows Showroom at Bally’s on Feb. 3.

The New York Daily News proclaimed it “ filthy and funny,” and Daily Variety deemed it “clever and wildly entertaining.” Tickets go on sale today at the Bally’s box office and at 50ShadesVegas.com. Attendees must be ages 18 or older.

“50 Shades!” is a hilariously naughty satire that explores the steamy relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele as seen through the eyes of a trio of girlfriends reading the novel at a book club meeting. Here’s a sneak peek at the New York cast.

As the women devour the novel, the character’s delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. Who needs staid book club fare when a tome like this can be so ... stimulating? The laugh-out-loud musical features a sassy original score, including such songs as “Open Your Book,” “I Don’t Make Love” and “There Is a Hole Inside of Me.”

“Fifty Shades of Grey” was the first page-burner of a trilogy that has shattered global sales records with more than 100 million copies worldwide.

We’re told that this sexy and hilarious send-up is guaranteed to have audiences rolling on the floor (not in that way, dirty minds!) and dancing in the aisles. The parody is not associated with, endorsed or authorized by author E.L. James or publisher Vintage Books.

“Base Entertainment is thrilled to bring the nationwide smash hit to Bally’s,” said Scott Armstrong, vice president and managing producer. “It’s a scintillating production unlike any other on the Strip, and we are excited to present another element of high-quality entertainment and further our goal of bringing diverse theatrical offerings to Las Vegas.”

“50 Shades! The Parody” begins Feb. 3 with performances Tuesdays at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Wednesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m., dark Mondays.

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Strip show changes

The comings and goings of Strip shows has picked up intensity in the past few days.

I’ve learned that “Defending the Caveman” is leaving its home in the comedy showroom at Harrah’s mid-January. Its new Strip casino home will be announced in the next two weeks.

Is “Menopause the Musical” about to leave its Luxor home to move into the Harrah’s vacant space?

Contract negotiations for the February arrival at the Rio of the “Duck Dynasty” musical are down to the fine final points with lawyers, and casting is completed and New York rehearsals underway.

Even with Tuesday’s announcement of the first 12 Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn concerts as they join the Caesars Palace headliner lineup with “Reba and Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas,” there’s still one more star to be added.

Expect that announcement early January for an almost immediate start. Contract terms with a top female pop singer are being wrapped up in Los Angeles, and AEG concert executives are shuffling the remaining open Celine Dion dates to fill the Colosseum calendar for 2015.

The hoped-for March, then May return date for Celine may be pushed back even further. “We’ll know a lot more about her specific return date once the calendar with the new artists is set,” I was told.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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