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Little Shop of Horrors (Westside Theatre)

From 77 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

About the show

"Little Shop of Horrors" returns to its off-Broadway roots in a new production starring Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard, Tony nominee Jonathan Groff, and two-time Tony winner Christian Borle.  More…

From the show:

Seymour is a down-on-his-luck florist with a crush on his co-worker Audrey. When he discovers a mysterious – and voracious – plant, suddenly Seymour and Audrey are thrust into an epic battle that will determine the fate of the entire human race. 

Get close — but not too close — to Little Shop of Horrors when it returns to its off-Broadway roots this fall! Experience the iconic musical as it was meant to be seen, in an intimate 270-seat setting. This thrilling new production stars Emmy® Award winner Tammy Blanchard (Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows), Tony Award® nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton), and two-time Tony winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten!). Together they bring succulent new life to a show that has made three decades of theatergoers laugh, scream, and give up gardening for good.

Featuring a book and lyrics by Oscar® and Grammy Award® winner Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid), music by Oscar and Tony winner Alan Menken (Aladdin), and direction by Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), this Little Shop will bring you within biting distance of musical theater’s favorite man-eater.


Member Reviews (77)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing
91
Avg Score

81
Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if u want to see a jaunty, sentimental, nostalgic, expertly staged, faithful revival of the feel-good horror cult classic (now a pop staple).

Don't see it if you expect a reimagining, updating or contemporizing of the material [This is strictly a by-the-numbers homage, albeit a skillful one.]

Also This production is proof-positive that some shows belong in an intimat... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining

See it if you want to see a well-done if not creative or innovative production of a great show

Don't see it if you don't want to pay Broadway premium prices for off-Broadway

92
Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny

See it if you want a fun musical that is well done on all fronts.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie or you don't like musicals or dark comedies. This show doesn't have a deep meaning or message.

Also It's a quirky musical, for sure, but this production is really worth s... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Fabulous production of an iconic show. Groff and Borle are just wonderful, staging is great and it's just so much fun.

Don't see it if This is not a reason not to see it, but Tammy Blanchard's singing, especially in "Somewhere That's Green" is not strong & had pitch issues.

95
Entertaining, Delightful, Hilarious, Must see, Great singing

See it if you want to see brilliant casting in a cult classic.

Don't see it if You don’t like humorous murder, the inability to understand all of the words, or complicated endings.

80
Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love a Christian Borle. Every time he is on stage, he lights up the show.

Don't see it if You’ve seen the show and movie many times before. Although it was entertaining enough, there were few surprises to justify seeing it again.

79
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see LSOH as it was meant to be seen; in a small venue.

Don't see it if you expect a large-scale, flashy show. This is a no frills show.

Also It was fantastic seeing this show as it was meant to be seen, raw and ... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Great acting

See it if Jonathan Groff and Tammy Blachard just kill it in this fun and hilarious revival. I was laughing the entire time and even geared up a bit.

Don't see it if They don’t like revivals.

During previews
94
Must see, Great staging, Clever, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want a to see a fun, well directed, acted and staged show. Great talent in an intimate space makes it a night you won’t soon forget.

Don't see it if You’ve got a cold jaded heart. Seriously... this is just FUN!!!

Also I haven’t had such a pleasant night at the theatre in a long time. Jon... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if If you want a fun musical. As good as when I saw it at Orpheum in the 80s. Great singing, staging in a great theater for this kinda show.

Don't see it if If you do not like silly, fun musicals. If you like drama over musicals.

During previews
97
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Quirky, Clever

See it if Blooming hemoglobin-lovin' phyto- allows romance toblossom(until).You won't know how much you missed this off-kilter gem until you're seated

Don't see it if Talented cast. Great singing. Great acting. Great directing. Great book. Great score. Great space. Pick your DDT poison.

Also This belongs where it lies:Off-Broadway is its perfect home.

During previews
93
Totally professional staging of a fun classic with all-star cast

See it if What more could you ask? Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard and Christian Borle dazzle the audience in this small house. Sat in the front row!

Don't see it if The show itself is an exuberant parody of 50s sci-fi schlock. The score is quite tuneful. Michael Mayer's use of the small stage is skillful

Also Beats the prior Little Shops I have seen -- 2004 with Hunter Foster, K... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you love Little Shop, Jonathan Groff, Head Over Heels (cast members Ari Groover & Tom Alan Robbins appear), & especially Christian Borle.

Don't see it if you hate quirky/subversive theater. I did notice Audrey was shouting as opposed to singing at times.

Also Prediction: Christian Borle will be nominated for all of the things, a... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Intelligent writing and design, Entertaining, Well-staged and –acted, Dark comedy at its best, Exceptionally-delightful

See it if you want to see one of the most joyfully-bleak, animated and deathly off-Broadway musical revivals this season; a fan of the actors.

Don't see it if you aren’t invested in sci-fi/fantasy-horror-genre musicals; prefer seeing a brand new work; and/or upset by domestic abuse and violence.

Also Little Shop of Horrors delights from its eponymous perky bop, a darkly... Read more Read less

During previews
97
Cult-classic, Quirky, Great staging, Audrey ii slays it!, Funny

See it if you're a fan of any part of the production! Excellent cast and the set works perfectly for the space. Audrey II is "killer". LOL

Don't see it if you don't like the music itself. Otherwise, don't miss a great cast. The small theatre adds to the excitement and energy.

Also What a fun night of theatre! ... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Very good production of Little Shop of Horrors which seemed true to the original play. Puppetry was excellent!

Don't see it if You don’t like light entertainment. However this was fun and engrossing.

Also The Urchins stole the show!

During previews
92
Great singing, Delightful

See it if Holds pretty tightly to original musical. Stellar cast with amazing singing. Exuberant, cheering audience in small theater makes it more fun

Don't see it if Unchanged musical from 80s with stereotyped, mostly flat characters (nerd, greedy Jew, abused weak woman, sassy Black women, etc.) annoy you

Also Diversity: no change from original. Main characters are all white, 3 n... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Masterful, Hilarious, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see the show in a new way. I loved that Tammy Blanchard didn’t mimic Ellen Greene, but sought to make Audrey her own. Wonderful.

Don't see it if You’re just looking for the show you’ve seen before. They make different choices, and it’s only in previews. There was HUGE audience love.

During previews
90
Masterful, Refreshing, Riveting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see three leads handle a classic while at the top of their games and supported by an excellent ensemble.

Don't see it if the show is not your favorite or you dislike any of the actors because they are there the whole time.

During previews
92
Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are a fan of the show you will LOVE this production. Cast and staging are fantastic! Great to see it in a small space

Don't see it if you know the show and don't like it. Maybe even then you should give this production a try. IF you can get a seat

During previews
83
Polished, Safe, Predictable, Pristine

See it if you love Borle and/or Groff and are fine with paying exorbitant fare for the most ordinary of stagings.

Don't see it if you feel that the problematic racial dynamics of this material has to be addressed.

Also I realized mid-way through that I'd rather see a production that takes... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Enthusiastic audience, Great christian borle, Great score, Funny

See it if You like silly quirky musicals; Intimate and fun with winning performances and hummable tunes.

Don't see it if You like shows with big sets, big bands, big casts, big themes.

Also A fun evening slightly off-Broadway (actually on Skid Row) with a man-... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Fluffy, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if you would like to see a well-loved muscial performed flawlessly, yet without any real innovation. Lots of fun and laughs. Great plant!!!

Don't see it if you dislike musicals, or are too jaded to appreciate a dark comedy with murder, domestic violence and alien invasion.

Also The crowds outside the Westside Theatre before show time tell it all. ... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Must see, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a classic musical presented in an outstanding and fun manner, with great actors, clever staging, and creative props.

Don't see it if You don’t like small theaters, don’t like Little Shop, or don’t like stories with gore and killings.

During previews
90
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You love the show. This is a solid production with Groff doing particularly great work in the lead.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a new take. This is classic Little Shop performed with love.


October 18th, 2019
"CRITIC’S PICK "Jonathan Groff Feeds the Beast: Michael Mayer’s revitalizing revival of this genially gruesome classic becomes a sly morality tale for the age of universal celebrity."
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October 17th, 2019
4/5 Stars "Mayer has wrangled a marvelous cast… Groff's Seymour is a likable klutz with just a hint of deadpan creepiness…Christian Borle solidifies his status as the preeminent musical-theater clown of his generation...And Blanchard is a revelation...She's the heart of the production, and she's ...
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October 17th, 2019
"The show’s most charming quality is its feeling of having been put on for the hell of it. I’m sure it’s going to make money. It’s a dream cast of consummate pros. But — and my eyes look like hearts while I type this — the infectious energy is pure amateur."
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October 17th, 2019
"Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's cult musical about a bloodthirsty alien plant returns to its roots with Tony winner Michael Mayer's off-Broadway revival starring Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard and Christian Borle."
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