KickstArt’s much anticipated production of quirky musical ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ will be showcased at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre At Montecasino from Friday, June 12, to August 9.
Composed by eight time Academy Award winner Alan Menkin, who also worked on the memorable music from Disney animated features such as ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Pocahontas’, ‘The Hunchback’ of ‘Notre Dame’, ‘Hercules’, ‘Enchanted’ and ‘Mirror Mirror’, and written by Howard Ashman, the show stars comedian Alan Committie in his first singing role as Seymour Krelborn, with Michael Richard as Mr Mushnik and Candice Van Litsenborgh as Audrey I in support.
The show is directed by Steven Stead, with design by Greg King – the same team that brought audiences ‘Cabaret’, ‘RED’, ‘Don’t Dress For Dinner’, ‘Twitch’, ‘Venus In Fur’ and ‘Jeeves & Wooster’.
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ includes the unforgettable songs ‘Skid Row (Downtown)’, ‘Somewhere That’s Green’, ‘Dentist’ ‘Feed Me’ and ‘Suddenly, Seymour’,
“It has tremendous music – instantly hummable, recognisable, and irresistible, yet also punchy, funny and surprising. I love the pastiche of the show – the B-Grade horror movie/comic book tones and characters. The characters are fantastically drawn, with depth and great humour,” says Stead.
Originally written in 1986, and presented by Pieter Toerien shortly afterwards, starring Andre Hattingh and Eddie Eckstein, it went on to be presented by the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg in 1999. KickstArt did their own version in Durban in 2009, and are now ready to give Capetonians a taste of this “this sly little beast of a show”.
“Aside from some stunning costume designs by Terrence Bray (one of South Africa’s top fashion designers) and great set and pupets by KickstArt’s own wunderkind, Greg King, the show has an awesome cast,” adds Stead. In addition to the main players, “there is the trio of golden-toned girls which is the musical backbone of the show, headed by Lelo, exciting, glamorous and dynamic lead singer on TV’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. We are very lucky to have her. It will be a feast for eye and ear.”
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