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Little Shop of Horrors closes out Lyric Opera Theatre season at ASU

April 08, 2002

WHAT: Little Shop of Horrors performed by Lyric Opera Theatre
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., April 19, 20, 26, 27; 2 p.m., April 21, 28
WHERE: Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, Music Building, 40 E. Gammage Parkway, Tempe
TICKETS: $14 general, $12 seniors, faculty, staff, $5 students; 480-965-6447

Audrey II, the infamous bloodthirsty plant, makes a stop in the valley for Lyric Opera Theatre’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. The popular rock musical, which runs April 19-28, is the last production of the season for Lyric Opera Theatre, the performance arm of the opera/musical theatre program in the Herberger College of Fine Arts School of Music at ASU.

Little Shop of Horrors is based on the 1960 Roger Corman cult movie of the same name. The musical boasts music by Alan Menken, and lyrics and book by Howard Ashman, the duo who created other memorable characters including Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. The show opened off Broadway on July 27, 1982, enjoying a run of 2,209 performances and critical acclaim. It was also made into a 1986 motion picture starring Rick Moranis as Seymour and Steven Martin as the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello.

The story revolves around meek, nebbish florist Seymour Krebourn who makes a Faustian pact with a tiny plant from another planet in order to win Audrey, the girl he loves. The mysterious plant, named Audrey II, needs blood to survive, so by the end of the show, most of the principle characters – including the dentist, the flower-shop owner and a ditzy blonde – have been eaten alive!

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