LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
By Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
Based on the film by Roger Corman; screenplay by Charles Griffith
Director: Simon Coleman
Musical Director: Jason Te Mete
Choreographer: Sandra Rasmussen
at Q, 305 Queen St, Auckland
From 1 Nov 2012 to 1 Dec 2012
Reviewed by Matt Baker, 5 Nov 2012
originally published in Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog
Anyone who has an appreciation of ‘60s doo-wop or classic musical theatre will be entertained by ATC's production of Little Shop of Horrors, because it is the musical talent that not only carries this show, but gives it some emotional depth and journey. While the entire creative team jointly recognises and illustrates their influences and intentions both in the programme and on stage, the clearest, strongest, and most unique creative voice comes from musical director Jason Te Mete. As always, simplicity proves to be the key with Te Mete containing the orchestration to a 4-piece band consisting of himself (piano), Tyson Smith (guitar), Robert Drage (bass), and Andrew Rooney (drums).
Sandra Rasmussen's choreography acknowledges that this show does not require triple-threat talent, but nevertheless gives the actors some range to tell the story within the space provided. Director Simon Coleman evidently has an overall vision for the show, and while everyone involved clearly understands it, and the totality of the production is overwhelmingly extravagant not to mention entertaining, there is a lack of subtlety in some of the story's simpler moments. [More]
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