I just took in the MNM Production of Little Shop of Horrors at The Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse. I was fortunate to have seen the original in NYC when I lived there. I must say I admire that they maintained integrity by pretty much sticking to the original script, plus a twist of their own at the end. I was curious to see what it was, and it was a nice addition and a pleasant twist. Bruce Linser did a fine job as Director of the play, then again, he has many talents, and is a big time pro.
The vocals were spot on and for regional theatre exceptional! The music in this play is very catchy and you will find yourself singing or whistling the melody. The players were well cast and the direction and timing were good. The pacing could be increased, but overall I give this an A+. Take your family or friends for sure! I was not disappointed.
Oh yes, the dentist had a great shrill little vocal thing that he called up on demand that really worked, very entertaining!
Tim Byrd “The Byrdman” Publisher Palm Beach Live Work Play
MNM Productions to Open Comedy Rock Musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse
Marcie Gorman-Althof and Michael Lifshitz, the producing partners behind MNM Productions, one of South Florida’s hottest theatre companies, today confirmed that their fourth production this year, the comedy rock musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, will open this Friday at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse.
December 1-17 (Friday through Sunday)
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday at 1:30 pm
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
If you have an appetite for dark comedy, desperate measures and a doo-wop score, you’ll want to plant yourself in the Rinker Playhouse for a musical that sprouted from a low-budget horror film. With the fertilizing touch of composer Alan Menken and playwright Howard Ashman, the peculiar tale of a shy floral-shop worker and his carnivorous cohort has become a quirky classic.
Co-presented by the Kravis Center and MNM Productions.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets start at $35
Sponsored by Karin and John Strasswimmer
About MNM Productions’ LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS:
Bruce Linser directed LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, after helming previous MNM hits Company, The World Goes ‘Round and Side by Side by Sondheim. Paul Reekie, who has served as Musical Director for all previous MNM shows, returns in the same capacity for this production. The cast of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS includes Mike Westrich as Seymour, Mallory Newbrough as Audrey, Peter Librach as Mushnick and Jim Ballard as Orin.
Tickets to LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS are $35 and $45, and may be purchased online through the Kravis Center’s official website at kravis.org; by phone at 561.832.7469; or at the Kravis Center box office, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.
About MNM Productions:
This production company is the latest venture by two experienced theatrical producers and arts consultants: Marcie Gorman-Althof and Michael Lifshitz. The rising theatrical company has so far produced seven major musical productions (A Chorus Line, Side by Side by Sondheim, Hair, The World Goes ‘Round, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Company and La Cage Aux Folles), six of which received “recommended” status for Carbonell Awards; two (Side by Side by Sondheim and The World Goes ‘Round) received nominations for Best Ensemble, with the latter show winning the prestigious award.
In addition, MNM Productions received The Silver Palm Awards for Outstanding New Theatre Company and Outstanding Ensemble for The World Goes ‘Round, while Paul Reekie was named Outstanding Musical Director for The World Goes ‘Round and Hair.
About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information, please call 561-832-7469 or visit the official website at kravis.org.