Dang Internet. I was going to bed two hours ago, but a stray thought came to mind, a bit of Googling research, and a multitude of videos later, I’m still up.
The stray thought? What cast members are needed for a stage production of Little Shop of Horrors. Why? Our local community theater is putting the show on later this year and I wondered if there were any character roles I could audition for. I wouldn’t have even thought this if an old friend hadn’t come to town last week and we went to see the dress rehearsal of Play it Again, Sam. Seeing a show rekindled that show biz ardor I had banked down the last few years. The star of the show, Matt Wilson — who was great in the “Woody Allen role” — had played my son many years ago in a production of The Shadow Box. Talking to him after the show, and seeing his joy and excitement brought it all back — theater is fun! Okay, it didn’t help that one of the young women in the show remembered me from another show I was in. My ego was stroked as she declared how wonderful I had been as the crazy psychiatrist in Beyond Therapy (I’ll toot my horn on that one; I thought I was good too). Yep, theater is way too much fun…as long as the part is small and you have a few good lines to say.
So, from seeing what the cast looks like for Little Shop of Horrors (nothing for my age and type), I had to watch some videos from various productions of Little Shop of Horrors on YouTube. From that, I ended up watching various Tony Awards musical moments, and I ended up watching one of my favorite live performances. There’s nothing like a combination of darling innocence backed up by decadence. A young Anna Kendricks sings “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” from Showboat backed up by Cabaret’s chorus from the Kit Kat Club. It’s from the DVD My Favorite Broadway: the Leading Ladies.