WEST LONG BRANCH – The Monmouth University Department of Music and Theatre will present the classic hit musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors” in March in the historic Woods Theatre.
The musical, with music and lyrics by the team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, will run March 5-9 March 11-13.
The story of a hapless florist shop worker who discovers a new species of plant that feeds on human blood has become a comedy classic since its origins as a sci-fi B-movie in the 1950s, an off-Broadway hit in the 1980s and then a hit film version in 1986. For the Monmouth production, Brandon Wiener is featured as the clumsy Seymour, who is in love with his coworker Audrey, played by Brooke McCarthy. But she is involved with a sadistic dentist, played by Michael Rosas. Audrey and Seymour work for the Skid Row Florists, owned by Nick Zaccario as Mr. Mushnik. They will perform on a revolving set, designed by Professor Ferdinando DelGuercio and painted by Professor Michael Donato, with the carpentry skills of Michael Carroll, under lights designed by Ray Reehill.
Directed by Professor Maurice J. Moran, the story is narrated and commented on by a Greek chorus-like trio, satirically named after ‘60s girl groups: Ronnette (Jasmine Walker), Chiffon (Devon Henry) and Crystal (Mahalia Jackson). Under the musical direction of Professor George Wurzbach, the cast keeps things moving with ‘60s-style rock songs like “Downtown,” “Suddenly Seymour,” and the ballad “Somewhere That’s Green.”
Showtimes are at 8 p.m. on March 7-8, and March 11-13, with a matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9. Ticket prices are $20, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for non-MU students.
Additional information is available by visiting www.monmouth.edu/arts or calling 732-263-6889.