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Little Shop of Horrors

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from April 13-28
7:30 p.m.
April 16
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from April 15-29
2 p.m.
$19-$25
Theater

Song and dance might be the common components of any musical, but a carnivorous plant who howls out homicidal inducements can only belong to Little Shop of Horrors. The seeds of Little Shop were first planted in the farcical 1960 film by Roger Corman before flourishing in the imaginations of writer/lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken. The story follows Seymour Krelborn, a hapless young flower shop employee who dreams of escaping his lowly Skid Row existence, preferably in the company of Audrey, his kindhearted co-worker with a knack for dating poisonous men. The discovery of a plant that thrives on human blood promises fame and fortune, if Seymour can swallow his moral revulsion. With a compelling songbook inspired by early 1960s pop and a parade of eccentric characters, the show was destined to be one of a kind. What made it a modern classic, as highlighted by this Kimberly Miller-directed staging for Chameleon Theatre, is the unexpectedly moving love story between two world-weary misfits who yearn to exchange botanical bloodletting for a simple life “somewhere that’s green.”