Cult musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors is coming to Brisbane, and we’ve got 10 double passes to give away!
Starring Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford, and produced by Luckiest Productions and Tinderbox Productions, who brought us 2014’s multi-award-winning Sweet Charity, this gleefully gruesome musical combines an upbeat, doo-wop Motown score with puppet wizardry and a wickedly talented Australian cast.
Director Dean Bryant and choreographer Andrew Hallsworth have once again combined their ingenious minds to bring Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s book and score to life, creating a deviously delicious out-of-this-world musical experience. They have joined forces with master puppet-makers Erth to create a brand new Audrey II for the 21st century.
“We are thrilled to reassemble our dynamic creative team from Sweet Charity for a brand new collaborative theatrical adventure,” the duo says.
“Audiences are going to be bowled over by the unique vision, our sensational cast, and our very own, jaw-dropping Audrey II. We’re very excited about taking this new production all around Australia.”
The extraordinarily talented Brent Hill stars as the unassuming, hapless flower shop worker Seymour Krelborn. Brent most recently starred in the Australian production of Once, earning himself a Helpmann Award nomination. Other theatre credits include Jerry’s Girls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Rock of Ages. Playing the object of Seymour’s affections, Audrey, is multiple-award winner Esther Hannaford, one of Australia’s most in demand leading ladies. Esther starred as Ann Darrow in King Kong, Bonnie Mae in Miracle City and received a Helpmann Award for her role as Penny in Hairspray.
The opportunistic shop owner, Mr Mushnik, is played by Tyler Coppin (Strictly Ballroom, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) while the role of the demon dentist and Audrey’s sadistic boyfriend is acclaimed actor Scott Johnson (Tommy in Jersey Boys). Angelique Cassimatis (The Rocky Horror Show), Josie Lane (Miracle City, Fame) and Chloe Zuel (Legally Blonde) play the three sassy Supreme-esque streetwise urchins while Dash Kruck (Violet) and Kuki Tipoki (Sweet Charity) complete the cast playing in the ensemble.
Laced with dark humour and irresistible music, Little Shop of Horrors is one of the longest-running off Broadway shows of all time. Inspired by the 1960 Roger Corman film of the same name, this rock musical version of Little Shop of Horrors premiered off Broadway in 1982 before enjoying a successful run on Broadway and in London’s West End, eventually inspiring the 1986 film version by veteran puppeteer Frank Oz that starred Rick Moranis. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin) rocking doo-wop score includes the popular songs Feed Me, Suddenly Seymour and Somewhere That’s Green.
When meek, down-and-out floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new plant species that he names ‘Audrey II’ after his co-worker crush, it seems like a serendipitous ticket to fame and fortune. But as Audrey II grows and grows — into a foul-mouthed, smooth-talking, R&B-singing carnivore — Seymour discovers that feeding his ambition starts to require juicier and less justifiable ingredients. Before he knows it, our accidental hero Seymour and the gutsy but guileless Audrey must battle the perilous and persuasive plant — not just for their lives, but for the very future of planet earth!
Currently touring Australia, Little Shop of Horrors plays at QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre from Wednesday 1 June. For tickets, visit qpac.com.au.
We’ve got 10 double passes to give away to the 8pm performance on Wednesday 1 June at QPAC — enter now for your chance to win!
HOW TO ENTER: Enter via the form below. *Entrants agree to receive future promotional offers from Bmag. This prize is not redeemable for cash. Competition closes 9am, Monday 23 May. UPDATE: This competition has closed — winners are Linda Fisher, Tony Buttriss, Tracey Drescher, Annette Cadell, Amir Gaffoor, Raelene Snow, Andrea Cremin, Joanna Kahler, Arleen Gray and Gwen Hall.