Slow Burn Theatre Co.’s Little Shop of Horrors makes a giant debut in Fort Lauderdale – Seen and Heard International


United StatesUnited States Little Shop of Horrors (Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Music by Alan Menken based mostly on the movie by Roger Corman): Amaturo Theater on the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 15.10.2022. (SL)

Nick Anastasia as Seymour © Larry Marano

Musical director – Eden Marte
Director and Choreographer – Patrick Fitzwater
Sets – Kelly Tighe
Costumes – Rick Peña
Lighting – Clifford Spulock
Puppets – Martin P. Robinson

Seymour – Nick Anastasia
Audrey – Caiti Marlowe
Mr. Mushnik – Matthew W. Korinko
Orin, Bernstein, Luce, Snip – Jeffrey Keller
Ronnette – Khadijah Rolle
Chiffon – Kareema Khouri
Crystal – Nayomi Braaf
The Plant / Audrey II – Tarik Zeigler
Audrey II Puppeteer – Chad Ethan Shohet

Just in time for Halloween, Slow Burn Theatre Co. opened its manufacturing of Little Shop of Horrors on 15 October. Their first present of the 2022/2023 season on the Amaturo Theater in The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, it contains a tremendously gifted forged that delivers a hilarious musical efficiency.

The musical, which is acquainted to many, chronicles the story of a man-eating plant that brings unsuspecting luck to a small flower store in New York’s Skid Row. Chaos ensues when the plant begins to control Seymour, the shop clerk, to do its bidding.

Although the musical is humorous at each flip, Slow Burn’s forged does an unbelievable job of confronting the viewers with uncomfortable horror parts that make LSOH the right play to get you prepared for Halloween. You might wince a bit of while you see Seymour on stage making an attempt to satiate the plant along with his personal blood, and you’ll undoubtedly squirm in your seat while you watch the dentist suffocate, however additionally, you will end up carried away by the present’s comedic aid.

The unforgettable songs are superbly carried out by a forged that had the viewers cheering them on for your entire present. One of the traditional songs at first of the musical, ‘Skid Row (Downtown)’, paints a bleak image of life on skid row which helps one perceive the form of desperation that will get exploited when the plant presents Seymour with a possibility to transcend his circumstances in change for … blood. This background dialog about poverty and sophistication battle has led many to interpret LSOH as a critique on capitalism, displaying how the promise of fabric wealth can drive somebody to final ethical corruption.

If having an outstanding forged of performers was not sufficient, Slow Burn went above and past with their set. The flower store seamlessly converts into an out of doors scene of Skid Row, full with porch stoops and bums asleep on the facet of the highway.

The most essential factor to get proper is Audrey II, the man-eating plant. When absolutely mature, Audrey II sprang to life within the music ‘Feed Me’, and the viewers erupted in applause. The gigantic puppet started to sing and lash out its vines each which method in a way that was so convincing it was scary. It appeared to take a small military to function Audrey II, and they didn’t miss a single beat.

Samuel Loetscher


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