Now, “Little Shop of Horrors” will get a contemporary take with a various solid at Ford’s Theatre in D.C. working from now by means of May 18.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Ford’s Theatre (Part 1)

It started as a 1960 horror comedy flick directed by Roger Corman earlier than Alan Menken and Howard Ashman tailored it into an off-Broadway musical that hit the massive display screen in 1986 directed by Muppet grasp Frank Oz.

Ford’s Theatre levels “Little Shop of Horrors.” (Courtesy Ford’s Theatre)

Now, “Little Shop of Horrors” will get a contemporary take with a various solid at Ford’s Theatre in D.C. working from now by means of May 18.

“I grew up listening to WTOP,” actress Chani Wereley stated. “Hey, mother, I do know you’re listening within the automotive.”

“You don’t need to miss this present,” actor Derrick D. Truby Jr. stated. “We have among the finest singing, among the finest performing, among the finest dancing, among the finest storytelling that you just’re gonna catch on this space. Of course it’s a narrative you’re accustomed to, however the way in which we’re telling it and the way in which we’re bringing it to you all goes to be a mirrored image of not solely common life however the fabulousness that you just love from the film and the musical.”

Written by Charles B. Griffith, the story follows a luckless flower store employee, Seymour, who raises a wisecracking carnivorous plant, Audrey II — named after the lady of his desires, co-worker Audrey. There’s only one catch: the plant should feast on human blood and is hellbent on world domination, educating us all: “Don’t feed the vegetation!”

“This plant from outer area comes down and begins to wreak havoc on this small group and targets this one lonely man named Seymour,” Wereley stated. “Seymour is like, ‘Wow, this cool plant,’ and the plant’s like, ‘I’m gonna enable you to get all the things you need, however it’s important to kill individuals.’ Seymour is like, ‘I don’t understand how I really feel about that, however you realize what? Sure, let’s kill some individuals,’ so Seymour kills individuals as a result of he’s in love with this lady”

Truby Jr. stated it’s enjoyable enjoying Seymour, discovering sympathetic components inside a posh character.

“Throughout the story you see him get extra alternatives and fall into some fairly heavy, unhealthy issues that almost all of us wouldn’t condone in actual life,” Truby Jr. informed WTOP. “What’s attention-grabbing about enjoying it’s that for those who don’t care about Seymour or at the very least form of perceive the motivation behind what he’s doing, then you definately don’t actually purchase into the story, in order that’s been essentially the most difficult and thrilling half about enjoying this function. While this particular person is doing a little fairly loopy issues, making an attempt to make sense of all of it and discover the center behind why these issues are taking place.”

Director Kevin McAllister and scenic designer Paige Hathway deliver the killer Venus Fly Trap to life on stage.

“The puppeteering and the entire issues that we’ve occurring within the present are a lot enjoyable,” Truby Jr. stated.

“The puppets that we’ve have been I believe within the off-Broadway manufacturing that’s presently working,” Wereley stated. “They look basic nearly and the brand new set is gorgeous and you’ve got this [diverse] group that you just don’t get to see on stage. I do know, rising up, if I had seen the individuals on stage which can be going to be on stage on this present, I might have been like, ‘Whoa, I didn’t assume that was a factor that might occur.’ It’s opening prospects.”

Indeed, the various solid represents individuals from all types of backgrounds.

“We have by no means actually seen an Audrey and a Seymour that don’t sometimes fall into the tropes that we already see within the film,” Truby Jr. stated. “I personally am a Black-identifying male actor and I’ve by no means actually seen that in that historical past portrayed on this function. … While we are attempting to honor all of what was finished earlier than us, if individuals come out to our present, they may see totally different our bodies, totally different ethnicities and the way that displays into our storytelling.”

Of course, you’ll get all your favourite Motown-style songs by Menken and Ashman.

“I believe the most important bop is the opening with urchins, you realize, ‘Little Shop! Little Shop!,’” Truby Jr. stated. “Our duet, ‘Suddenly Seymour,’ is at all times a gentle spot for me as a result of the lyrics are so lovely,” Truby stated. “Then additionally the patter songs that we’ve all through the piece just like the dentist piece between Seymour and the dentist, then ‘Closed for Renovation,’ these are all a lot enjoyable, so it’s undoubtedly a problem however, man, I really like this music.”

“I’ve at all times cherished ‘Feed Me,’” Wereley stated. “My favourite that I get to observe each evening might be ‘Grow For Me,’ as a result of it’s so cute, you don’t even know, I’m like sitting within the nook going, ‘Oh my God,’ actually a stake in my coronary heart, oh my goodness as a result of it’s like, ‘I’m providing you with daylight, I’m providing you with this’ … it’s so candy and tender and never what you count on once you see the track. I consider Rick Moranis the place he’s like, ‘Oh my God, Audrey, please develop for me!’ But Derrick is like, ‘Will you please develop for me, please, please?’.”

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