Snap Scene: Little Shop of Horrors, Comedy Theatre Melbourne – 5th May 2016

Little Shop of Horrors
Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
5th May 2016
Photos by Mandy Hall

Melbourne – Comedy Theatre from May 4th for 3 weeks only

Produced by Luckiest Productions and Tinderbox Productions who brought us the 2014 multi award winning Sweet Charity,  this gleefully gruesome musical will combine the upbeat, doo wop Motown score, puppet wizardry and a wickedly talented Australian cast. Award-winning creative duo Director Dean Bryant and Choreographer Andrew Hallsworth will once again combine their ingenious minds to bring Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s book and score to life, creating a deviously delicious out-of-this-world musical experience. They will join forces with master puppet-makers Erth to create a brand new Audrey II for the 21st century.

Brent Hill stars as the unassuming, hapless flower shop worker Seymour Krelborn. Playing the object of Seymour’s affections, Audrey, is multiple-award winner Esther Hannaford, one of Australia’s most in demand leading ladies. The opportunistic shop owner Mr Mushnik, is played by Tyler Coppin (Strictly Ballroom, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) while the role of the demon dentist and Audrey’s sadistic boyfriend is acclaimed actor Scott Johnson (Tommy in Jersey Boys). Angelique Cassimatis (The Rocky Horror Show), Josie Lane (Miracle City, Fame) and Chloe Zuel (Legally Blonde) play the three Supreme-esque streetwise urchins while Dash Kruck (Violet) and Kuki Tipoki (Sweet Charity) complete the cast playing in the ensemble.

Laced with dark humour and irresistible music, Little Shop of Horrors is one of the longest-running off Broadway shows of all time. Inspired by the 1960 Roger Corman film of the same name, this rock musical version of Little Shop of Horrors premiered off Broadway in 1982 before enjoying a successful run on Broadway and in London’s West End, eventually inspiring the 1986 film version by veteran puppeteer Frank Oz that starred Rick Moranis. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin) rocking doo-wop score includes the popular songs ‘Feed Me’, ‘Suddenly Seymour’ and ‘Somewhere That’s Green’.

When meek, down-and-out floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new plant species that he names ‘Audrey II’ after his co-worker crush, it seems like a serendipitous ticket to fame and fortune. But as Audrey II grows and grows – into a foul-mouthed, smooth-talking, R&B-singing carnivore – Seymour discovers that feeding his ambition starts to require juicier and less justifiable ingredients. Before he knows it, our accidental hero Seymour and the gutsy but guileless Audrey must battle the perilous and persuasive plant – not just for their lives, but for the very future of planet earth!

In addition to director Dean Bryant, choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, Luckiest Productions and Tinderbox Productions have also brought musical director Andrew Worboys, set designer Owen Phillips, costume designer Tim Chappel, and lighting designer Ross Graham to the team for this spine-tingling musical theatre event. Puppet makers Erthare recognised as an innovator of physical and visual theatre both nationally and internationally. They have created visual masterpieces for numerous cultural events and museums inspiring audiences with their unique and dynamic vision.

Little Shop of Horrors originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director) at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Schubert Organization.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2016

PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH HAYES THEATRE CO, ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE TRUST, CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE, MARRINER GROUP, PERTH THEATRE TRUST & QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

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