Little Shop of Horrors is playing at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre until SundayÂ July 18th and I strongly encourage you to be there. Because let’s beÂ honest, giant people eating plants that sing are hilarious.
In caseÂ you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s a quick synopsis:Â Seymour, a hapless young shmuck, is toiling away at a Skid Row flowerÂ shop in obscurity. After the discovery of an unusual plant- thatÂ happens to have a taste for human blood- business turns around, andÂ the plant and Seymour rapidly gain notoriety. As the plant growÂ bigger- it’s now talking and singing- so too does it’s appetite. ThrowÂ in a sadistic dentist, a scheming shop owner, and an earnest, ifÂ tackily clad, damsel in distress, and you’ve got a recipe for anÂ evening of laughs.
Featuring a catchy doo-wop and 60’s R&B score by Alan Menken and bookÂ and lyrics by Howard Ashman ( the team behind Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin), Little Shop is fun and funnyÂ and snarky, never taking itself too seriously . Look out for the showÂ stoppers â€œFeed Meâ€ and â€œSuddenly, Seymour.â€ Yes, there is a man-eatingÂ plant and a dentist who is a little intense at times, but the showÂ strongly errs on the side of funny instead of scary. From theÂ TUTS website â€œAlthough Broadway shows are not traditionally rated, TUTS hasÂ determined that Little Shop of Horrors would be rated the movie equivalent of a PG rating.â€
And best of all, it’s FREE. All you have to do is find parking andÂ show up. There are tickets available for the covered seating at theÂ Miller Box office between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the day of theÂ performance, but everywhere else is up for grabs as soon as you wantÂ to get there and stake your claim. The large grassy area is perfectly nestled in Hermann Park and provides a great setting for the show. My only word of caution- Don’t feed the plants!