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Little Shop of Horrors at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre

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Little Shop of Horrors is playing at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre until Sunday July 18th and I strongly encourage you to be there. Because let’s be honest, giant people eating plants that sing are hilarious.

In case you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s a quick synopsis: Seymour, a hapless young shmuck, is toiling away at a Skid Row flower shop in obscurity. After the discovery of an unusual plant- that happens to have a taste for human blood- business turns around, and the plant and Seymour rapidly gain notoriety. As the plant grow bigger- it’s now talking and singing- so too does it’s appetite. Throw in a sadistic dentist, a scheming shop owner, and an earnest, if tackily clad, damsel in distress, and you’ve got a recipe for an evening of laughs.

Featuring a catchy doo-wop and 60’s R&B score by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman ( the team behind Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin), Little Shop is fun and funny and snarky, never taking itself too seriously . Look out for the show stoppers “Feed Me” and “Suddenly, Seymour.” Yes, there is a man-eating plant and a dentist who is a little intense at times, but the show strongly errs on the side of funny instead of scary. From the TUTS website “Although Broadway shows are not traditionally rated, TUTS has determined that Little Shop of Horrors would be rated the movie equivalent of a PG rating.”

And best of all, it’s FREE. All you have to do is find parking and show up. There are tickets available for the covered seating at the Miller Box office between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the day of the performance, but everywhere else is up for grabs as soon as you want 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!