Writer: Howard Ashman
Music &Lyrics: Alan Menken
Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson
Reviewer: Rachel Watson
It is almost impossible to think that the man behind some of Disney’s biggest successes, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and, more recently, Tangled had his breakthrough with this comedy musical about a giant, blood-thirsty plant.
However, Alan Menken’s recognisable style and lyrics are clearly present in this strange, hilarious show. While the songs may not be the most well-known musical songs, they instantly make you laugh or smile when you listen to the lyrics, all part of Menken’s charm.
Not only is Menken’s original music completely catchy, the new interpretations of it and performances in this production are fantastic. Every single voice in the cast is great, with such a small cast, it is difficult to choose a particular ‘star’ or standout – they all standout, while at the same time their voices harmonise fantastically together.
The biggest name in the show is undoubtedly Rhydian, the former X Factor contestant, who plays Orin. Orin is Audrey’s no-good dentist boyfriend, a strong believer in dental hygiene and hitting women, as well as a lover of seeing people in pain. Rhydian is near-perfect in this role, managing to capture the hilarity and stupidity of the role, and still how seriously the character takes himself.
The only slight issue is Rhydian’s attempt to mask his Welsh accent with an American one, which comes out in a variety of different twangs, including Irish and even a hint of Geordie. This, however, doesn’t really distract too much, as it is such a silly yet feel-good show, it just adds to the madness.
Anyone who knows this show knows how silly yet amusing it is, and this production is no different. If you are in the mood for a strange, surreal, hilarious show in Glasgow this week, Little Shop of Horrors is the show for you.
Runs until Saturday 19 November 2016 | Image: Matt Martin