Little Shop of Horrors – A Deviously Delicious Musical in CSL

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Looking for a fun and entertaining outing this weekend? Don’t want to go downtown? Want free parking too? Then head over to the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Cote Saint-Luc City Hall for “A wonderful twisted and vibrant Broadway-quality horro-comedy musical”.

The CSL Dramatic Society is back for another wildly entertaining show until June 25.

Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy 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 and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. 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”.

The musical premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway, where it had a five-year run. It later received numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad, and a subsequent Broadway production. Because of its small cast and relatively simple orchestrations, it has become popular with community theatre, school and other amateur groups.[1] The musical was also made into a 1986 film of the same name, directed by Frank Oz.

 

“Dazzling! Musically delightful and wickedly funny.”
– Pat Donnelly, Arts Writer

“A deviously delicious musical.”
– Stuart Nulman, Montreal Times

“A wonderful twisted and vibrant Broadway-quality
horro-comedy musical.”

– Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban

Directed by Anisa Cameron and produced by Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, the CSL version is hilarious with an all-local, amateur troupe that is so ridiculously talented that this show could easily be Off-Broadway. In fact, I’m thinking of proposing that we change the name of Cavendish Blvd. to Broadway so that every show that Cameron and Brownstein put together is Off-Broadway!

Brownstein stars as the nerdy aging shop owner ready to throw in the towel on his failing florist outlet until his nerdy n’er-do-well sales boy, the nerdy Seymour (Benjamin Warner) comes along with his wacky plant creation that turns everything around. The singers and dancers are as outstanding as their past amazing performances. Hampstead actor Brandon Schwartz is back from his performing arts studies in Toronto for an appearance.

Photo Diane Dupuis

Justin Johnson – Skip Snip and Shaun Nishmas – Mr. Bernstein are back with the CSLDS. Justin previously played Seaweed in Hairspray, while Shaun is a long-time veteran, having performed in Our Town, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, and many others.

Sam Boucher, Patrick Park and Brandon Schwartz – are the three Doo-Wops and all return to the Greenspon stage. Sam has been seen in Hairspray and The Producers, while Patrick recently starred as Lionel in Fancy Nancy. Brandon Schwartz has previously played Link Larkin in Hairspray and Frank Abagnale, Jr. in Catch Me If You Can.

Photo Diane Dupuis

The list of talented and creative entertainers goes and and can be found on the CSLDS Facebook page.

Tickets are inexpensive and seats are still available for the last week of this 20 show run.

The kids have finished their last exams? Treat them to a family-funny theatrical performance. Looking for that last minute Father’s Day Gift? Wow him with high-level entertainment right around the corner. Click here for tickets and information.

 

 

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Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society to stage Little Shop of Horrors

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The award-winning Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society is once again demonstrating how diverse its offerings are, this time by presenting the horror-comedy rock-musical Little Shop of Horrors from June 8 to 25 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. in Côte St. Luc.

The CSLDS’s other productions have ranged from ensemble comedies to classic Broadway musicals to straight drama.

Little Shop of Horrors is the story of a plant named Audrey II that offers fame and fortune to a meek floral assistant, in exchange for blood. It was first an ultra-low budget horror black comedy movie in 1960 featuring a young Jack Nicholson.

It became an off-Broadway musical in the early 1980s, then a high-budget 1986 Frank Oz-directed movie musical with Rick Moranis and the voice of Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs as the killer plant, and then a full Broadway musical. The music is by Alan Menken and the book is by Howard Ashman.

The CSLDS’s artistic director Anisa Cameron directs again, and Mayor Mitchell Brownstein is producing and has a role in the musical as well.

Cameron said she has wanted to direct Little Shop of Horrors for a long time. She first saw the 1986 movie at the age of nine, and was captivated by its music, cast and script.

“Like all of our shows, I had to wait for the right people to come into my life to be able to produce the show,” she told The Suburban. “I have my amazing production team back —David Terriault, my musical director; Alexia Gourd, my choreographer; and Mitchell Brownstein, the most amazing producer ever.” A five-piece band will be playing the music.

Brownstein says the show, with its cast, special effects, and set design, will be very special.

“It’s going to be very exciting, visually,” he adds. “It’s a little different from what people have seen before in Côte St. Luc, a satire of all the horror movies of the past put into a musical — every song is really fun. I think it will have island-wide appeal.”

Tickets are available online at CSLDramaticSociety.com, or in person at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd) or the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave).