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Rousuck's Review: "Little Shop of Horrors" by Artscentric

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Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom on our Friday edition this week with a review of the new Artscentric production of Little Shop of Horrors, a re-imagining of the hit 1982 musical by Howard Ashman (book and lyrics) and Alan Menken (music), which spawned the 1986 hit movie starring Rick Moranis. Both the musical and film were based on the 1960 cult classic, The Little Shop of Horrorsby B-movie director Roger Corman.

Artscentric's production is on stage at The Motor House through Aug. 17th.

Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a nerdy flower-shop worker named Seymour who gets some unexpected help romancing his co-worker, Audrey, from a carnivorous plant from outer space that he names Audrey II.  The campy, soul and R&B-laced musical production by Artcentric - the 16-year old Baltimore troupe that calls itself a "color-conscious" arts organization - is directed by Kevin S. McAllister (the group's artistic director), with musical direction by Cedric D. Lyles and choreography by Shalyce N. Hemby. The cast includes Ricardo Balgrove as Seymour, Kayla Halo Wheeler as Audrey, and Jhermaine Drakeford as the voice of Audrey II. 

J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for WYPR's Midday (and previously, Maryland Morning) since 2007. Prior to that, she was the theater critic of The Baltimore Sun, where she reviewed more than 3,000 plays over the course of 23 years. Her feature coverage for The Sun included a comprehensive series chronicling the development of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray.” Judy got her start at The Cleveland Press and at Cleveland’s fine arts radio station, WCLV. Her broadcasting experience also includes a year as an on-air theater critic for Maryland Public Television.
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