Little Shop of Horrors at Western Stage's Main Stage
- When: Friday, June 17, 2011, 8 p.m.
- Where: Western Stage Main Stage, Salinas
- Cost: $10 - $30
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Theater
This '50s style Motown doo-wop rock musical literally has many roots. The folks at Western Stage trace the skeleton of its story to the German legend of Faust, about a scholar and chemist who makes a deal with Mephistopheles (the devil) in exchange for power and knowledge and the love of a beautiful woman. Skip forward about 500 years to Roger Corman's 1960 film, also called Little Shop of Horrors, though it's described as darker and less humorous. The off-Broadway debut of the musical, composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman, launched in 1983, earning a successful Broadway and London's West End run. The 1986 film, starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin, came next. Now, Western Stage upstages it all with their new production, singing and dancing the story of Seymour, a flower shop schlub who has a crush on his co-worker, Audrey, but is visited by a strange plant from outer space that, somehow, portends the end of the world. (Lot of that going around lately, no?) It's campy fun, with enough grim bits to add meat on them bones. Runs through June 26. [WR]
8pm Fri-Sat; 2pm Sun. Western Stage, Main Stage, 411 Central Ave., Salinas. $30/adult; $21/senior, military; $10/child 5-15; student rush available 755-6816, www.westernstage.com.