Little Shop of Horrors
It’s a classic, timeless love story: boy meets girl, boy raises a giant man-eating plant to woo the girl, chaos ensues. Okay, maybe it’s not the most traditional romance, but it’s a classic -- Ashman & Menken’s award-winning musical Little Shop of Horrors, now playing at Providence’s Trinity Rep Theater.
Based on the 1960 B-movie, Little Shop of Horrors has (somewhat strangely, if you think about it) evolved into an American cultural standard. Beyond the fantastical, sci-fi influenced plot (down-and-out florist Seymour grows a bloodthirsty alien houseplant,) Little Shop might be more famous for its unforgettable score, mixing classic ‘60s rock sounds, sweetly harmonized doo-wop, Motown and R&B for musical standards like “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly, Seymour.” And there’s no better place to take in the show than at Providence’s Tony Award-winning Trinity Rep, located downtown in the beautifully restored, historic Vaudeville-era digs of the Emery Majestic Theater.
The curtain lifts on Little Shop of Horrors on Friday, April 19th, at 7:30PM. Tickets range from $25 - $76, depending on section and seating, and can be purchased on the Trinity Rep website, by phone, or at the box office. And as a special treat, there’s also a free pre-show prologue discussion and Q&A with one of the cast members - just show up an hour early to grab your seat.
Can’t make it on the 19th? Little Shop is playing through May 12th - check out the Trinity Rep website for more showtimes.