LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS - 5 days till Opening Night

What a show this is

  I’ve just come home from watching a rehearsal of Little Shop of Horrors — the first time with costumes.  What a delight!
  I can’t get over how professionally polished the show is.
  Most of our publicity has featured Audrey II as the star of the show, and there’s no question that she/he/it is fascinating.  Thea and Thomas, Laura and Justeann, Charles, Greg and Kevin make this creature live, and the audience will love it.
  But I’ve got to say how utterly impressed I am with the strength of the cast and band.  The instrumental music is great — nice going, Rowan.  The Ronnettes (Lindsay, Alexandra and Jenna Marie) rival the Supremes.  Rich’s Mushnik is a perfect sleaze.  Steve/Seymour and Robyn/Audrey are wonderfully comic, but they have an emotional depth which surprised me.  And Noah’s Orin made me both laugh and clench my teeth tightly.  And my gosh, the Company of Street People — what a gang of talented singer-dancers: the big numbers are superb.  Morgan has to be very proud of the dancing; Owen and Marti must feel so good about the singing.  And Peter, of course — what a creation.
  It’s not just a fun musical comedy, I’m realizing: the acting, from leads to chorus to animate plant is really, really good.  We’ve got excellent theatre going on here.  Can’t wait for opening night on Thursday!

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