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Westside Theatre

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  • Hell's Kitchen
  • price 2 of 4
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Time Out says

This converted midtown church has been producing theatre since the mid-1970s in its two Off Broadway houses. The downstairs space, with around 250 seats, was the original home of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. In the 299-seat upstairs theater, the musical comedy I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change ran for 11 years, before closing in 2008.

Details

Address:
407 W 43rd St
New York
10036
Cross street:
between Ninth and Tenth Aves
Transport:
Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority
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Little Shop of Horrors

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Musicals

Theater review by Adam Feldman  [Note: Rob McClure currently plays the role of Seymour and and Andrew Call plays Orin. Lena Hall takes over as Audrey on September 6; Brad Oscar and Bryce Pinkham step into the roles of Mushnik and Orin, respectively, on September 27.]  Little Shop of Horrors is a weird and adorable show with teeth. Based on Roger Corman’s shlocky 1960 film, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s 1982 musical tells the Faustian story of a dirt-poor schlub named Seymour (Jonathan Groff), a lowly petal pusher at a Skid Row flower shop, who cultivates a relationship with a most unusual plant. What seems at first a blessing—a way for the lonely Seymour to earn money and to get closer to his boss, Mushnik (Tom Alan Robbins), and his used and bruised coworker, Audrey (Tammy Blanchard)—soon turns sinister. The plant, whom he names Audrey II (designed by Nicholas Mahon and voiced by Kingsley Leggs), requires human blood to grow, and Seymour doesn’t have enough of his own to spare. He doesn’t want to feed the beast, but he can’t resist the lure of the green. Arguably the best musical ever adapted from a movie, Little Shop does for B flicks what Sweeney Todd does for Grand Guignol. Librettist Ashman and composer Menken—who, between this show and their Disney animated films, did more than anyone to return musical theater from its mass-culture exile in the late 20th century—brilliantly wrap a sordid tale of capitalist temptation and moral decay in layers of sweetness, humor, wit

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