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Little Shop of Horrors

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Adapted from filmmaker Roger Corman’s cult classic horror film The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Howard Ashman’s 1982 musical Little Shop of Horrors tells the tragicomic tale of hapless florist’s assistant Seymour Krelbourn’s meteoric rise to fame and fortune as the breeder of the exotic new plant Audrey Two. Driven by his love for his co-worker Audrey, a down-on-her-luck beauty embroiled in a destructive relationship with a cruel motorcycle-riding dentist, and a need to please his curmudgeonly boss Mr. Mushnik, Seymour works feverishly to conceal the macabre secret of his success. Caught between a desire to hold onto his newfound status as unlikely horticultural genius (as well as the rewards it offers) and the moral imperative to do the right thing, Seymour struggles to contain Audrey Two’s bloodlust. As Seymour’s world spins out of control, witnessed by a trio of street urchins whose wry observations on the action resemble the kind of commentary delivered by the Chorus in Ancient Greek drama, he must confront a variety of fears, not the least of which is his own insecurity. Driven by witty dialogue, slapstick humor, and a rollicking musical score, Little Shop of Horrors offers plenty of entertainment while encouraging audiences to remember that true success depends on remaining true to oneself.

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