When: Aug. 11-Sept. 12 2008
Sure, they later wrote the songs for the Disney versions of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, but Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's best-loved musical must surely be their tender story of a boy and his murderous, man-eating plant, Little Shop of Horrors. Based on the 1960 Roger Corman flick of the same name that featured one of Jack Nicholson's first screen roles, the 1982 musical Little Shop itself went on to become a 1986 film with Rick Moranis and Steve Martin, in the fine tradition of movies based on musicals based on movies that more recently gave us Hairspray and The Producers all over again. Little Shop has remained a popular stage musical for theaters large and small with a flair for botanical puppetry, and now the Willows Theatre does it up big on its main stage in a production directed by Richard Elliott. August 11 through September 14 at the Willows Theatre (1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord).WillowsTheatre.org or 925-798-1300.