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When Little Shop of Horrors opened in a small theatre off-Broadway in 1982, it caused quite a stir among the critics. No one could agree on what to make of this joyous off-beat lampoon of the ‘B’ movie genre… but everyone had to agree that they loved it. It won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and was transferred uptown to the big and swanky Schubert Theatre on Broadway where it enjoyed a respectable ‘legitimate’ run.

This ‘little show that grew’ is important in that it marked the first collaboration of book and lyric-writer Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken. The stage musical is based on the 1960 horror film directed by ‘B’ movie mogul Roger Corman. The film’s outlandishly improbable plot, its over-wrought acting, its quick and exploitative filming and rushed editing and its darkly macabre humour are all exemplary hallmarks of the ‘B’ movie genre and have made it something of a cult favourite. These are the very qualities that the musical stage version celebrates.

Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman. Music by Alan Menken. Based on the film by Roger Corman.

Director: Greg Peterson

Choreographer: Stephen Greig

Musical Director: Douglas Livingston

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Sheridan Hall, Sheridan


Seymour Krelbourn: Matthew Hussey
Audrey: Megan Hill
Mr. Mushnik: Randolph James
Orin Scrivello: Derek Marshall
Ronnette: Lizzie Kurtz
Crystal: Cathy Hansen
Chiffon: Sarah Jane Hood
The Voice of Audrey II: Jason Chesworth
Puppeteer: Stephanie Parker
Wino: Derek Marshall
Bag Lady: Stephanie Parker
Homeless Person: Jason Chesworth
Mr. Bernstein: Derek Marshall
Mrs. Luce: Derek Marshall
Skip Snip: Derek Marshall
Patrick Martin: Derek Marshall


Little Shop of Horrors, Theatre Sheridan, musical theatre

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Theatre and Performance Studies


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Original Citation

Peterson, G. (Director). (1996, April 10 – 27). Little shop of horrors [Theatre Performance]. Oakville: Theatre Sheridan.

Little Shop of Horrors, April 10 – 27, 1996



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