Tuesday, May 1, 2012

KC Repertory "Little Shop of Horrors" review by Jeff Tamblyn

In many ways, Little Shop of Horrors is the most perfect example of late-20th century musical theatre: It’s unapologetically derived from another medium (a really schlocky 1960 Roger Corman movie); it’s got that whole post-modern, fake sci-fi thing going on, combined with a mythical-sized dilemma for the unlikely protagonist (Seymour – the little noodnik who works at the flower shop ends up feeding people to a man-eating plant in order to win the woman he loves); and it’s got one of the best scores of any musical I’ve ever heard, thanks to Alan Menken, the surest songwriting bet you can make.

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