Need some laughter in your life? Between busy schedules, racing to the subway and sticking to deadlines, the answer most likely is: YES! Release some stress this fall with these three spoofs.
National Lampoon’s ‘Bayside! The Musical!’ (The ‘Saved By The Bell’ Parody)
Location: Theatre 80 (80 St. Marks Pl.)
Closes: December 2014
How funny is it? This show is really funny, especially the facial expressions of the actors and every time Jessie consumes and spews caffeine pills into the first couple of rows. (“I’m so excited! I’m so SCARED!”)
Who should see it? Obviously fans of “Saved by the Bell” will get all the jokes — but even if you weren’t an avid watcher it is still really entertaining.
Worth the ticket price? Definitely worth the money.
Alcohol available? Drinks are available before the show begins and during the 10-minute intermission. (They may appear small, but they are deadly.)
Mementos? They have Bayside T-shirts, hoodies and slap bracelets.
Memorable quote(s)? “We’re going back to Bayside!”
FIY: NSFW: Be prepared for Jessie to show some breasts.
’50 Shades! The Musical Parody’
Location: The Elektra Theatre (300 W. 43rd St.)
Closes: January 2015
How funny is it? It is hysterical; the audience is unable to hold back their laughter throughout the entire show.
Who should see it? It doesn’t matter whether you’ve read “Fifty Shades of Grey” from cover to cover or if you don’t even know the storyline — it is really a great show either way.
Worth the ticket price? It is completely worth every penny.
Alcohol available? Not only is it available, but also there are specialty drinks with names like Red Room, Ties That Bind and Ben Wa Fireball Tart.
Mementos? They have T-shirts and handcuffs, but I’m going to leave you with two words: lipstick vibrators.
Memorable quote(s)? “There’s a hole inside of me that needs to be filled.”
FIY: Jack Boice and Amber Petty as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are, quite frankly, fantastic. Also attention ladies: Keep your eyes peeled for Taylor, the man-candy dancer/singer.
Location: The Arclight Theatre (152 W. 71st St.)
Closes: Nov. 2
How funny is it? It is extremely funny.
Who should see it? With great musical numbers, intricate costumes, killer sound effects and original storyline, it is a great musical for all ages.
Worth the ticket price? This show is absolutely worth the ticket price.
Alcohol available? There is no alcohol — probably because it would have been dangerous to serve with all of the “lethal chemicals” flying around. (Killing bedbugs comes before getting buzzed.)
Mementos? None to speak of, but at least we weren’t given any “formula” by Exterminator Carly.
Memorable quote(s)? “Don’t let the bedbugs bite!”
FIY: You will feel the urge to scratch your legs, arms and body throughout the show — just a warning.