Nearly 30 years ago when I did a stint with a community theatre, I recall a wrap party where all of us (around 30) suddenly broke into 'Suddenly Seymour'. We hadn't done a production of 'Little Shop of Horrors' but I guess all of us, whether we could sing or not, wish we could have. Such is the universal and long appeal of 'Little Shop of Horrors'.
But when something is that beloved and has been around for such a long time there is definitely a risk, I believe, in re mounting such shows, and living up to expectations. So if you want to see if your expectations will be fulfilled here in Melbourne you have only 3 weeks to get to it.
What I can tell you is that there is a first in this production which has never been done by any production of any 'Little Shop of Horrors' anywhere in the world. The director Dean Bryant gave his star Brent Hill an amazing task. And he does it with enormous talent. He doesn't only sing his songs he also voices and sings the songs as Audrey 2, the man eating plant star of the production. Brent is amazing, as is the talented all Australian cast. And if that's not enough the play also starts out in black and white and goes to colour later. How do you turn a live theatre performance into looking like a black and white film? Well that's another reason to check it out.
Stars of the show, Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford
Little Shop of Horrors is playing at The Comedy Theatre now until May 22 2016.