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Little Shop of Horrors

I went to see Little Shop of Horrors at the Kings last night - it's the touring West End production. It was very good! But I'm not sure whether I like the 1986 film or the live version better.

The three "narrator" character girls had been changed from a Motown-style backing trio to three ethnically diverse street urchins - I think I prefer the former style as in the 1986 film - it's more in keeping with the music and the feel of the show.

The set was very good - a nice rotating setup. And Audrey 2 (the plant) was well done! When it was a small plant it moved about by no obvious method - perhaps remote control animatronics. Mike McShane was the voice of Audrey 2 - I recognised him at the end from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

There was also Sylvester McCoy* as Mr Mushnik - I don't often see shows with famous people in them! He's obviously best known for his 1980s Dr Who role (my favourite Doctor).

Seymour and Audrey were very good too - I was particularly impressed by Audrey's singing though.

Some of it was little explicit for comfort though, with regards to the dentist. There were quite a few children in the audience, and it wasn't really appropriate. But that would be my only complaint.

The band were of course excellent! Some nice little embellishments from the bass in the closing music too :).

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* Sylvester McCoy has a very interesting bio on IMDB! His original name was Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith.

Sylvester McCoy was born in Dunoon, Scotland. He spent much of his childhood in Dublin, Ireland. Before becoming an actor, as Percy Smith he trained as a priest, sold insurance and acted as a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones.

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