Saturday, May 24, 2014

Little Shop of Horrors

Seymour and Audrey II
The Bristol Riverside Theatre, located at 120 Radcliffe Street, is presenting Little Shop of Horrors through June 8.  This fun-filled upbeat musical is somewhat of an antithesis to Sweeny Todd, the musical in which a maniacal barber has men killed and ground into best-selling meat pies.  Little Shop… revolves around a majestic carnivorous plant, Audrey II, who brings fame and fortune to her creator as long as she is fed. Unfortunately, her appetite isn’t appeased for long. This production has an outstanding ensemble cast. Seymour, portrayed by Andrew McMath, grew the strange and unusual plant from a clipping, encouraged by fellow flower shop worker Audrey, portrayed by melodic-voiced Laura C. Giknis. Shop owner Mr. Mushnik (Daniel Marcus) belts out a song and dance as well as anyone on the stage until he is no longer there.  Danny Vaccaro, playing multiple roles, brings comic relief as well as a booming voice. Nate Golden, puppeteer, and Carl Clemons-Hopkins, the voice of Audrey II, work hand-in-hand to make this incredible production work.  Lindsey Warren, Candace Thomas and Berlando Drake are a phenomenal dancing and singing trio, equally at home with rag-tag skid row routines or in long sequined gowns reminiscent of the  Motown of the. Supremes. The award winning members of the production team do a brilliant job as well: Kudos to Set Designer Jason Simms for his rotating set, Costume Designer Linda Bee Stockton for the many costume changes developed and Lighting Designer Charles Reece. This show may shock you, may make you want to sing and dance, may make you jeer or cheer, but it will never make you regret having come to see it. For more information or tickets, call 215-785-0100 or visit online at

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