April Kidwell is perfect as Jessie — hyperventilating about Stanford and overdoing it on caffeine pills — in "Bayside! The Musical." Credit: Curtis Peel
Did "Macbeth" put you to sleep? If the formalities of theater aren’t for you, maybe one of these funny productions is.
‘Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Unauthorized Musical Parody’ Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays Actors Temple Theatre 339 W. 47th St. $39.50-$69.50, 212-239-6200 www.telecharge.com Christian Grey doing a song and dance? Expect it in this Off-Broadway romp, which features a small cast of four reenacting the story of Grey and his sex pawn Anastasia Steele. In between plot points, the characters take pop songs (think “Like a Virgin” and “Call Me Maybe”) and give them “Fifty Shades”-appropriate lyrics. Ironically, this feisty farce is performed in a converted temple.
‘Bayside! The Musical!’ Thursdays-Saturdays Theatre 80 80 St. Mark’s Pl. $25, 212-388-0388 www.baysidethemusical.com Zack, Kelly, Slater, Jessie, Lisa, Screech, Mr. Belding and even Tori step out of your TV and onto the stage in this “Saved by the Bell” parody that’s much more vulgar than the series you grew up with. Featuring the ghost of Miss Bliss, jabs about Dustin Diamond’s sex tape and even a dude dressed as Tori, the cast takes the PG fun of the ’90s classic and turns it on its head.
‘Showgirls! The Musical!’ Wednesdays Theatre 80 80 St. Mark’s Pl. $25, 212-388-0388 www.showgirlsthemusical.com From the writers and directors of “Bayside!” The Musical!” comes this twisted take on the Elizabeth Berkley cult catastrophe. Kidwell (from “Bayside”) is in the starring role as Nomi, a drifter whose journey to stardom is laced with catfights and crazy sex. Expect nudity!
‘Disaster!’ Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays St. Luke’s Theater 308. W. 46th St. $49.50-$79.50, 212-239-6200 www.disastermusical.com Tina Fey and Amy Poehler love this send-up to 1970s disaster flicks, and if they love it, chances are you will too. Platform shoes, feathered hair and your favorite disco tracks (“Hot Stuff, “Signed Sealed Delivered”) entwine in a tale about the opening of a hot new club on a sizzling summer night. Standup comic Judy Gold joins the cast in February.
‘Thank You For Being a Friend’ Wednesdays, through Feb. 12 Laurie Beechman Theater 407 W. 42nd St. $20 plus a $15 food and drink minimum; 212-352-3101 www.spincyclenyc.com Back after two sold-out runs in 2009 and 2010, the “Golden Girls” spoof finds raunchy retirees Blanchette, Roz, Dorthea and Sophie in a Miami bungalow with more wicker than your nearest home and garden shop. When Ricky Martin moves next door, his parties keep the gals up late at night, and you know there’s only one way to solve a problem like that: a talent show.