Farmington Players Open 'Little Shop' April 27
The Farmington Players stage now resembles a Little Shop of Horrors, as one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows in history comes to the Barn Theatre in Farmington Hills (32332 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills) April 27-May 19.
The story focuses on the down and out denizens of Skid Row. Seymour the naive floral assistant discovers an exotic plant (Audrey II) that sprouts like Jack’s Beanstalk and offers Mushnick, the hapless flower shop owner, the magic of its "Midas touch." But the plant can only thrive if Seymour quenches its thirst for blood.
Can the timid "schmuck" with a green thumb master the man-eater before it munches on everyone he knows?
Little Shop opened off-Broadway in 1982, and eventually racked up more than 2,000 performances. It hit the big screen in 1986 with Steve Martin as the psycho dentist and Rick Moranis as Seymour. But Little Shop is actually based on a Roger Corman black comedy from 1960, a spoof of old sci-fi films, with Jack Nicholson playing a masochistic dentist in one of his first films.
Director Rachael Rose of Waterford Township doubles as Music Director for the show. Rose says her goal is to "bring back the creepy from the original movie into the campy of the musical."
Jason Wilhoite of Commerce Township, lends his captivating voice to the nebbish Seymour, desperately in love with his co-worker Audrey (Taylor Alfano of Livonia). Wilhoite starred last season at the Barn as "Leo Bloom" in The Producers. In Little Shop, he performs his third comic duet with Barry Cutler of Ferndale (Mushnick), as the pair tango their way through "Mushnick & Son."
But the star that may just steal the stage is Audrey II, morphing from a "strange and interesting" piece of greenery to the money-making Monster. The puppeteer Michael Rose of Waterford Township and the Voice Jarrod Henderson of Farmington Hills, team up to bring to life the saucy soul-singing beast from space, with hilarious show-stopping numbers "Feed Me (Git It)" and "Suppertime."
Tickets for Little Shop Of Horrors sponsored by Tarnow Doors are available now at farmingtonplayers.org or at the box office (call 248-553-2955).
The show runs Thursdays through Sundays April 27-May 19, with the show beginning at 8 p.m. every night besides Sunday. Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m.
- Adults: $18
- Students: $2 off any performance
- Senior Sunday: April 29 is sold out
- Thrifty Thursday: $2 off ONLY on May 3 and May 17
- Group Discounts: $2 off any show with a group of ten or more people.