Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Little Shop of Horrors"

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reviewed by The Old Grump

book & lyrics Howard Ashman
music Alan Menken

Chiffon / Paula Markowicz
Crystal / Tracy Silva
Ronnette / Jana Sadler
Mushnik / Steve Dooner
Audrey / Chrissy Fresco
Seymour / Michael Hammond
Orin / Christian Potts
Audrey II manipulation / Michael J. Teixeira
Audrey II voice / Bill Cunningham

Little Shop has always held a warm spot in my heart. It was the first show I took my youngest daughter to see. Even though we had to leave early, it scared her, it also started her love for the musical stage. I went into my memory bank, and figured out that I have seen twelve different versions of Little Shop. Taking into consideration the money Broadway is able to lavish on sets, costumes and special effects, this version holds its own with the best.

The trio of street girls that wander in and out of the story all had amazing voices. I have seen and heard Paula and Stacy many times, but it was a first for Jana. Hope I see the three of them again and again.

Christian was super as the morbid dentist. He did several other parts as well. This handsome young man is also a familiar face to me. His fine voice and acting is a plus for the show.

Steve is a guy I don't see enough of. Director, singer, writer, or serious actor, he can do it all.

Mike Tex's lighting is always great. I has seen him perform a few times, and may I say that he never looked better on stage than he does in this show.

Bill directed the show as well as supplying the voice for the plant. I have heard him sing before, but never as well as in this role, his solos did surprise me.

Mike H. didn't surprise me. He is another multitalented person. From chorus boy, to the dramatic role of Tetah in Ragtime, Mike has done them all flawlessly. The only problem he has is time. He should really try to squeeze a little more into each day. A minute or two must be available somewhere.

Now for a question. If you take 25% voluptuous figure, 25% angelic face, add 25% good acting, and finish with 25% good voice, what do you have? The answer of course is Chrissy. Broadway or boondocks, you won't be able to find a better Audrie. She was a pleasure to watch as well as hear.

Rob Goldman, the musical director has a reputation of being one of the best in his field. This show did nothing to take away from this reputation.

The small crowd was a disappointment to me and all connected with the show. Those that did attend enjoyed themselves, I just hope more people show up next week.

"Little Shop of Horrors" ( 12 - 21 March)
Orpheum Theatre, 1 School Street, FOXBORO MA
1 (508) 543-ARTS

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