Skip to main content
  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. Celebrity

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ still in residence at ACT

See also

There’s still time to catch “Little Shop of Horrors,” which runs at A Contemporary Theatre (and a joint production between ACT and the 5th Avenue Theatre) through June 15.

From its left of center beginnings as an unlikely off-Broadway hit, “Little Shop” has become one of the Great American Musicals, with some of the cleverest songs of any score.

The show is based on Roger Corman’s 1960 cult classic film about a lowly florist shop worker who inadvertently discovers that the mysterious plant he’s brought to the shop to help drum up business requires a diet of human blood.

Howard Ashman (book/lyrics) and Alan Menken (music), moved the setting from Los Angeles to New York, and added an undercurrent of morality. The hapless Seymour (the first to nurture the unusual plant) readily enables the plant’s carnivoristic tendencies in order to acquire money, fame, and the girl of his dreams. Selling his soul, in other words, making “Little Shop” a B-movie take on the story of “Faust.”

The actors have great fun with the cheesy dialogue (though David Anthony Lewis, as the sadistic dentist Orin, tends to overplay the part), but it’s the songs that make this show extra special. The title track has the audacity to rhyme “shang-a-lang” with “Sturm und Drang.” “Downtown” is a sharp parody of the Crystals’ girl group song “Uptown” (and the trio who sing it, who serve as something of a Greek chorus, are even given girl group names: Crystal, Chiffon, and Ronnette). Seymour’s sweetheart, Audrey, dreams of an all-American paradise in “Somewhere That’s Green” (“I cook like Betty Crocker/and I look like Donna Reed”).

It’s a terrific set of songs filled with wit and style; no wonder Disney later picked up Ashman and Menken and had them write songs for the films “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Overall, it’s a terrifically entertaining show. It’s been almost 30 years since ACT first presented “Little Shop,” and it’s proved to be a revival well worth mounting.


Arts & Entertainment

  • Jack White
    Reddit users have fun with Jack White's unhappy face at a Cubs game
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
    The first 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer has been released, leaving fans wanting more
    Movies Buzz
  • Big Bang Theory
    Will CBS be able to ink a deal with the cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' before shooting begins?
    12 Photos
  • Hercules
    Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson brings fun, adventure, and heart as 'Hercules'
    5 Photos
  • Shermar Moore
    Daytime television is about to get a lot hotter with Shemar Moore back on the screen
    11 Photos
  • Adele
    Adele's infant son has won a substantial amount of money in a paparazzo lawsuit
    Today's Buzz