FLOWER POWER WITH A DARK EDGE
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
By Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
Based on the film by Roger Corman; screenplay by Charles Griffith
Director: Simon Coleman
Musical Director: Jason Te Mete
Choreographer: Sandra Rasmussen
at Q, 305 Queen St, Auckland
From 1 Nov 2012 to 1 Dec 2012
Reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton, 5 Nov 2012
originally published in New Zealand Herald
Stylishly updated musical strikes right note to deliver a hugely entertaining show
Auckland Theatre Company has struck exactly the right mix of comic book irony and raw energy in their stylish updating of Little Shop of Horrors.
The musical is a curious hybrid that began life as a horror flick spoof from schlock-meister Roger Corman before morphing into an off-Broadway phenomenon with an appealing mix of sci-fi weirdness and kitschy cornball humour.
Although there is plenty of seriously psychotic mayhem the best moments come from a sweet love story that feels like it was lifted straight off the cheap newsprint of a 50s True Romance comic. [More]
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