Monday, February 5, 2018

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ feeds Audrey at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining

If your Valentine’s Day date isn’t going as planned, you can always feed him or her to Audrey II, the giant man-eating plant who stars as the main attraction in the Alhambra’s upcoming production of the Broadway smash, “Little Shop of Horrors”.  Little Shop opens Valentine’s Day, February 14 (but Audrey II will be gleefully eating her prey through March 25).

About “Little Shop of Horrors”: Seymour, a meek floral assistant, discovers a talking, singing plant he names, Audrey II, after his co-worker crush, Audrey. This sassy, R&B-singing plant promises unending fame and fortune as long as Seymour keeps feeding Audrey II her special diet.  Over time, Seymour discovers the plant’s secret plans for taking over the word. 
The musical is based on the 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors, and includes several well-known tunes, including: the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Somewhere That's Green," and "Suddenly, Seymour.”

Little Shop of Horrors opened Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in Manhattan's East Village on July 27, 1982 and ran for 5 years and 2,209 performances.  It was the third-longest running musical and the highest-grossing production in Off-Broadway history.  The critically-acclaimed production won several awards including the 1982–1983 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, and the Outer Critics Circle Award.

A London
West End production ran for 813 performances and received the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.  
The show made its Broadway debut at the Virginia Theatre in 2003, and was nominated for several Tony® Awards.  Little Shop had several national tours, and was made into a movie based on the show in 1986 which starred Rick Moranis as Seymour, Ellen Green as Audrey and Steve Martin as Dr. Orin Scrivello, DDS.

About the Alhambra’s Performance:
The Alhambra will feature a live-action, mechanical puppet for Audrey II.  The Alhambra’s Audrey II is said to be the largest version of any in the region.  Luke Holt and Victoria Miller will co-pilot Audrey II.  With music in the style of early 1960s
rock-and-roll, doo-wop and early Motown, Sarah Sanders, known locally as Mama Blue, will play “Crystal,” with Linzy Lauren as “Chiffon” and Meka King as “Ronnette.”

Audrey’s Menu was created by Executive Chef DeJuan Roy and will feature a 3 course delight.  First Course: (Choice of One) Seymour’s Salad spinach and watercress salad, tomato, carrots, raisins, walnut vinaigrette *GF* Or, Wild Mushroom & Barley Soup.
Second Course: (Choice of One) Lamb Ossobuco farro risotto, roasted Brussels sprouts, Or Garlic Parmesan-Roasted Chicken Breast, jasmine rice, broccolini, roasted tomato *GF*. Or Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya, Or Vegetable En Croûte over lentil stew.
Third Course: (Choice of One) Mango Pie, Or Triple Chocolate Cake.
*Menu subject to change. Gluten-free & sugar-free desserts are available upon request.

Little Shop of Horrors
DATES: February 14 — March 25, 2018

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7:30 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch served until 12:50 p.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:30 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday February 16, 2018) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $64.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
    **Price does NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

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