California Musical Theatre
The campy musical “Little Shop of Horrors” is in Sacramento. It’s the first time this venerable show has visited on the Broadway Series, but critic Jeff Hudson thinks most people know what to expect.
There are some Broadway musicals that make a statement. “Little Shop of Horrors” isn’t one of them.
The star of this lighthearted show, as most people are aware, is a ravenously hungry man eating plant, which gets bigger from scene to scene. Visually, it’s represented by a series of delightful, colorful puppets, operated by as many as three men. An offstage actor slurps, sings and offers a few vaguely salacious remarks as the plant’s voice.
Everything else about the show is pretty forgettable, including the music and the jokes, which are retro knockoffs of old material. And you may recall the movie, which came out 20 years ago. There are also junior high school productions, which are legion.
Should you go? That depends on whether you think it’s worth spending the equivalent of a tank or two of gas – more, if you take a date -- in exchange for two hours of fast, frothy, high gloss, mindless fun. That’s the bottom line. “Little Shop of Horrors” is at the Sacramento Community Center Theatre through February 5th.