Arts and Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors Prepares for a Run at Ford’s Theatre

The Ford’s Theatre Society continues its 2009-2010 season with “Little Shop of Horrors” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, March 12 to May 22, 2010. One of the most popular musicals of all time, “Little Shop of Horrors” tells the story of the well-meaning flower shop employee Seymour Krelborn and his wisecracking carnivorous plant, Audrey II. Seymour delights in the attention his leafy friend attracts, but when Audrey II develops a craving for human flesh, the situation spins out of control. Coy Middlebrook, a key member of the artistic team for “Shenandoah” and “Big River,” makes his Ford’s directorial debut with this zany American classic. Husband-and-wife team Christopher Kale Jones and Jenna Coker-Jones make their Ford’s Theatre debut as Seymour and Audrey.

“When formulating the design concept for ‘Little Shop,’ I was very much inspired by the Sci-Fi magazines of the 1960s,” said director Coy Middlebrook. “I started to wonder how we could bring both the black comedy and beaming hope of Little Shop to life. There are parallels between our challenging economic times and daily struggles of the characters on Skid Row; in spite of the darkness in Little Shop, there is always a drive to better oneself. We’ve centered the hope within the story on Audrey’s unfailing ability to find love in everyone.”

Special Deals:

The Hard Rock Café (999 E Street NW) offers “Little Shop” patrons ages 35 and under a $25 Post-Performance Special on Mondays March 22 through May 17. Patrons should present their ticket stub to receive a non-alcoholic beverage, one appetizer and one entrée from a special Ford’s Theatre menu (featuring Hard Rock’s signature and most popular items) for $25. Offer is good for post-performance dining only.

Co-Co Sala (located at 929 F Street NW) offers all “Little Shop” ticket holders a special $40 four-course champagne dinner (a $55 value) or a 15% discount on all menu items through May 22. Offer good on day of performance only. Cannot be combined with other special offers. Visit for menu and additional information.

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