Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma
Runs through September 22, 2019
Little Shop of Horrors, the musical that put Howard Ashman and Alan Menken on the musical theatre map in 1982, has been around long enough that chances are you’ve seen it before— but don’t let that stop you from seeing the superb production at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma— a truly refreshing, entertaining and superior production of this zany and lovable show.
Billed as a “doo-wop” musical, Little Shop pays homage to ‘60s girl groups, MoTown, and “B”-movies, and you can hear Menken’s signature style emerging that will lead to mega-hits such as The Little Mermaid andBeauty and the Beast, among others. Ashman’s clever lyrics make references to pop culture icons of the ‘50s and ‘60s, such that the program includes a glossary for the younger folks in the audience who may not recognize them. Based on the 1960 cult classic film by the same name, the musical alters the plot slightly, making it more of a morality tale than a freakishly maudlin sci-fi comedy, but all the wacky elements are still there, and even more of the quirky humor. . . .
To continue reading about this production, see the full review at Sonoma County Gazette:
Little Shop of Horrors