"For every laugh, there should be a tear." -Walt Disney
Seymour's life is shit. Seymour has a way to make his life NOT shit.
What could go wrong?
I don't think I have to describe the plot. If you're reading this review, you are probably familiar with it. I think this show has a tear for every laugh, though while the laughs are spread out, the tears are mostly confined to one specific scene. That specific scene made me cry a river of tears, though.
There's also some scenes that qualify as either dark comedy, horror, or both, depending on who you are. Your Mileage May Vary
To quote Howard Ashman, this show makes fun of B-movies, mid-20th century culture, and even the Faustian legend itself. It doesn't satirize the Faustian legend to the point of not taking it seriously. It's more like The Incredibles
, which spoofs the superhero genre but still takes it seriously enough to create a powerful story.
There's almost no other musical in the world like Little Shop of Horrors. I say almost because Doctor Horrible
and Beauty And The Beast
also fit the jack of all trades bill. The latter had LSOH playwright Howard Ashman on board as executive producer, which explains why it's so similar.
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll tap your toes. And you'll shake with fear. All in the course of one 80 minute show.
Go see a production if you haven't already.
Taco Wiz. We're done here.