‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Coming to Clemente Soto Velez This Weekend!

Posted on: February 20th, 2013 at 12:10 pm by

littleshopofhorrors86dentist

The infamous Audrey II will sprout and feed at the Clemente Soto Velez this weekend. Yup, Little Shop of Horrors is headed to the local stage (Flamboyan Theater) for two nights only – Friday and Saturday. And it’s only fitting that the longtime cult classic be hosted on the Lower East Side where the show first got its roots.

In May 1982, Little Shop of Horrors debuted at the Off-Broadway WPA Theater, and two months later at the Orpheum on Second Avenue. The script was actually based on the low-key 1960 film of same name, but changed some major plot points and added a Doo-wop musical component. Indeed, the girl group interludes are sung by Ronnette, Crystal, and Chiffon, an obvious nod to the early-60s genre.

[Orpheum Theater in 1982/Photo: Broadway Spotted]

[Orpheum Theater in 1982/Photo: Broadway Spotted]

The overall story concerns introverted florist Seymour Krelborn and his space-borne plant acquisition, Audrey II. Named for the girl of his dreams, the blood-sucking venus fly trap manipulates the proprietor of Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists for a constant stream of blood. Which equates to murder.

Setting for this later adaptation – co-written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken – is New York City, with Skid Row presumably the Bowery environs.

Since you’ve been engrossed in the history, here’s a reminder. Performances of Little Shop of Horrors are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday at CSV. Purchase tickets here; it’ll cost ya $25 apiece.

Feed me…

Recent Stories

Photo courtesy of Dusty Buttons
Rent Hike Forces Dusty Buttons Vintage Shop to Close at the End of July

Our hearts are broken over the news that Amanda Loureiro, owner of Dusty Buttons, is closing up shop after six years on East 9th street. Dusty Buttons is a favorite clothing and accessories store, featuring both vintage and new items. It was where we first discovered, among other things, the most perfect red lipstick (a life-long […]

mother-pearl-1
Sneak Peek Inside That Tiki Bar Mother of Pearl, Opening Monday on Avenue A [PHOTOS]

This is slightly outside our usual beat, but a tipster just sent a trove of images revealing the interior of Alphabet City newcomer Mother of Pearl. Bar owner Ravi DeRossi closed Gin Palace back in November due to structural issues that befell 95 Avenue A. Apparently the corner building at East Sixth Street was sinking, […]

les-enfants-de-boheme-1
An Old Favorite Returns as Les Enfants de Bohème Opens on Henry Street

Rebound. Three years a refugee, Les Enfants Terribles is back with a new permanent home and modified identity. Original owner Stefan Junot (and his wife) – who first opened at Ludlow and Canal a decade ago – headed further east to the fringe in much the same way. Les Enfants de Bohème was officially coronated […]

set-ludlow-opening
‘SET’ Launches in Former Motor City Bar Space on Ludlow Street

SET L.E.S. officially opens tonight on Ludlow Street removing nearly all traces of the Motor City Bar. It had been in soft-launch for the last week. That wooden door with its lug-wrench handle is the only remnant of the beloved rock bar, now two years in the grave. The Hell Square newcomer, which bears an […]

Photo: Y.R. Minor
Examining Gigi Li’s Community Board 3 Reign of Shame [OP-ED]

This is the second installment of a two-part editorial written by Erin Harvey. The last-minute decision to throw Gigi Li in the race to unseat Jenifer Rajkumar as District Leader reeks of Sheldon Silver’s desperation and Councilwoman Chin’s petty vindictiveness. Should Gigi Li somehow pull off a victory for the unpaid position, it would come […]