Originally Published: June 25, 2003 6:10 p.m.
It started as a low-budget horror film released in 1960, but "Little Shop of Horrors" became a cult classic and a popular midnight movie.
The Tri-City Prep High School is performing the entertaining musical about a "mean green mother from outer space" this weekend.
Situated around a flower shop on Skid Row, romance blooms between co-workers Audrey and Seymour after her sadistic dentist boyfriend disappears.
The shop owner, Mr. Mushnik, soon forgets the strange disappearance of Audrey's boyfriend when money begins to pour into his near-bankrupt floral shop due to Seymour's new plant. Seymour is an instant celebrity, but his plant's taste for blood begins a trail of deception.
"Little Shop" played in an off-off Broadway theater for a month in 1982 before transferring to the Orpheum Theatre where, in 1983, it won the New York Drama Critics' Best Musical Award (winning over the then-recent Broadway hit, "Cats").
It ran at the Orpheum for more than five years as the third longest running off-Broadway musical of all time. It closed Nov. 1, 1987.