If you haven’t already heard Kilkenny Musical society’s 48th annual production this year is going to be Little Shop of Horrors.
In a break from the more traditional style musical which KMS followers might be used to the society will take to the Watergate Stage from April 8-14 showcasing their range and depth of talent.
Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, and “Suddenly, Seymour”.
Many people will be familiar with the film version of Little Shop of Horrors which was adapted into the hit 1986 hit film directed by Frank Oz. The cast featured Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene (who originated the role of Audrey on stage), John Candy and Steve Martin. The story is essentially the same as the stage version throughout up until the very end which is a complete departure from the stage version but you will have to come along to find out just how different that is.
The stage show is full of a zany unique brand of comedy, which is more than a little tongue and cheek, that will have audiences’ sides splitting with laughter,. Kilkenny Musical Societies cast features more than a few familiar names including Brendan Corcoran (Mr Mushnick), Kevin Reade (Seymour) and Kevina Hayes (Audrey). It promises to be a fun lively, show that will leave audiences wanting more. Tickets are available now from The Watergate at www.watergatetheatre.com or at www.kilkennymusicalsociety.com.