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Everything Falls Into Place at Broadway Palm's Little Shop of Horrors

“Little Shop of Horrors” is a strange hybrid.

It’s a horror story for people who don’t necessarily like the genre, a musical for people who might not typically attend theater.

And the production at Broadway Palm is more entertaining than you might expect.

To put it simply: It’s sheer fun.

Everything — the acting, singing, dancing, sets and costumes — falls charmingly into place.

Director/choreographer Amy Marie McCleary obviously had fun with this one. She and the cast hit exactly the right tone with this over-the-top parody of a comic book science-fiction story.

The actors, to their credit, do not play stereotypes. Mr. Summers is pitch-perfect as Mr. Mushnik, the flower shop owner. He dances with zest in “Musknik And Son,” a kind of hybrid tango/klezmer number he performs with Seymour.

Ms. Clare plays Audrey with sensitivity and heart. And while her desires (named in “Somewhere that’s Green”) might be somewhat pedestrian — a tract house in suburbia with plastic protecting the furniture — you can’t help but cheer for her and hope her wishes come true.

Mr. Dupkin, filling in as Seymour, also surpasses stereotypes and shows us the person behind the nerd.

Broadway Palm favorite Victor Legarreta plays a multitude of roles, from the Elvis-like dentist with a love of inflicting pain to a strange botanist and various floral shop customers. He even plays a woman from Life magazine. He milks the roles for all they’re worth, and his number “Now (It’s Just the Gas)” in which, as a dentist, he’s indulging in what he calls “the giggle gas,” is both laugh inducing and spooky.

. . . make no mistake: This wonderfully campy “horror comedy rock musical adventure” is big-time, over-the-top fun.

- Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly

Choreographer/director Amy Marie McCleary is once again at the top of her game, showing us what a talent she brings to everything she does, but this time she also scored high marks in the casting of this show; especially in her use of funny man, singer extraordinaire, actor, comic, all around talent Victor Legarreta.

Bottom line, the catchy '60s score which mixes rock 'n' roll, early MoTown, Elvis, doo-wop which the entire cast sings brilliantly, plus the outstanding direction, choreography by McCleary, fine set design - Evan Adamson, puppets - Martin P. Robinson. All contribute to making this show an evening of deliciously, macabre and entertaining live theater.

- Marsha Wagner, Island Reporter

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