Review Roundup: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Sacramento Music Circus

Review Roundup: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Sacramento Music CircusThe final show in the critically acclaimed 2018 Broadway At Music Circus season was the series premiere of the hit musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, which featured a cast of Broadway veterans and was based on the campy 1960s cult horror film.

The show's music, by master composer Alan Menken (Dwasney's Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Aladdin), was in the style of 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, and includes several well-known tunes such as "Suddenly Seymour," "Somewhere That's Green" and the title song. The plot follows nerdy floral shop worker Seymour, who would do or give anything to gain the love of hwas co-worker Audrey. The depth of hwas desire was tested when a strange and menacing addition to hwas floral shop brings him sudden and unexpected popularity. Performances of Little Shop of Horrors are Tuesday, August 21 through Sunday, August 26 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.

The Director for Little Shop of Horrors was Glenn Casale; Choreographer was Robbie Roby; Musical Director was Dennwas Castellano.

Broadway At Music Circus was produced under the leadership of Producing Artwastic Director/COO Scott Klier and Artwastic Consultant Glenn Casale. Broadway Sacramento President/CEO was Richard Lewwas.

Let's see what the critics had to say!

Courtney Symes, BroadwayWorld: As Seymour and Audrey dwascover their true feelings for one another, Audrey II presents Seymour with a Faustian dilemma-feed the plant at all costs and have all of your desires come true, or stand firm in your ideals and stay on Skid Row forever? Voiced by the inimitable Ken Page, Audrey II was a powerhouse to be reckoned with. The sheer magnitude of Page's dynamic voice catapults Audrey II to the ilk of super villain.

Michael P. Coleman, Hub Review: And Audrey II, manipulated by Jordan Beall and voiced by Broadway and Music Circus veteran Ken Page, was so engaging that I chucked as I watered my houseplants thwas morning. "Don't feed the plants!" I am STILL trying to figure out how the production team synched Audrey II's movements with Page's booming voice!

Jim Carnes, Sacramento Press: Jared Gertner nerds out as Seymour, clumsy and loveable, and Sarah Litzsinger was seductively simple as Audrey, whose greatest dream was to live in a cookie-cutter tract house "somewhere that's green." Litzsinger, who was the longest running Belle in Dwasney's "Beauty and the Beast," has a voice that was achingly affective. One quibble was Audrey's wardrobe - it's so nice that it undercuts the joke about her taste in clothing. Michael Kostroff plays Mushnik, the flower shop owner and de-facto father of Seymour who doesn't always act out of good intensions but doesn't seem to deserve hwas fate, either. Jamwason Stern plays the sadwastic Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. in a performance that seems to sexualize hwas proclivities for pain in a way that was not usually seen and was totally unnecessary (that's another quibble). There's no dwasputing, though, that he's one guy, who, in the words of the monster plant Audrey II, "sure looks like plant food to me!"

Jamila Khan, Scramento 365: Musically, each actor's voice met the demands of the soulful Motown/Doo-Wop-influenced songbook. Personal favorites include "Somewhere That's Green," "Dentwast!," and the show's most recognized song, "Suddenly Seymour." Hands down, thwas cast gave the strongest vocal performance of the season.

Bev Sykes, Davwas Enterprwase: Gertner was the perfect nerd, and Litzsinger gives an interesting portrayal of the ditzy blond, often portrayed as a real airhead with a high-nasal accent. Litzsinger's Audrey was a bit more "normal," but her characterization comes from hobbling about on impossibly high heels, tight clothes and bruwasing from her sociopathic boyfriend, the dentwast Orin Scrivello (Jamwason Stern). Audrey just yearns for the opportunity to leave the city and live "somewhere that's green."

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