Tuesday, October 30, 2018

"Little Shop of Horrors" at Kennedy Center

"Little Shop of Horrors" was part of Kennedy Center's Center Stage program, so minimally staged. It's a popular show with community theaters since its a small cast and a well known product due to the movie versions. The cast was wonderful. Whether due to the last minute casting change or other reasons, much of the cast had notebooks for parts of the show. 
Much like "Grease" and other shows, the musical differs in parts from the movie, although the biggest change is the end. In this verson, Audrey 2 looked human the whole time, although claw gloves and an increasingly grand wardrobe hinted at Audrey 2's growth. 
In some versions the original Audrey is played as super breathy, only fully unleashing a powerful voice in "Suddenly Seymour". In my opinion that would be a waste of Megan Hilty, and was pleased to see they relied on the story to do the work of Audrey's growth. 
But enough about changes. The show was fun, the cast was wonderful, and I left humming the songs.