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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday To-Do: 'Little Shop of Horrors'

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‘LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS'
6 p.m., Murry's Dinner Theater. $25-$30.

Maybe there have been stranger trajectories for musical adaptations, but I can't think of one. The camp musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” which opened Wednesday at Murry's Dinner Theater, grew out of a 1960 B-movie from Roger Corman (Jack Nicholson had a small role). In 1982, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (“Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast”) adapted the cult film into a musical, full of songs inspired by '60s-era rock 'n' roll and soul. The musical, as you might remember from the Frank Oz big-screen adaptation, tweaks a tried-and-true formula: A hapless geek, who works in a plant shop, pines for an attractive co-worker who's dating a bully. The geek discovers a Venus flytrap, which he soon discovers thrives on blood. If that's not enough to pique your interest, a sadist dentist and a Greek chorus modeled on Phil Spector's most famous girl groups figure in, too. The musical runs through April 1.

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