The Review: The plot’s bizarre. Or, more accurately, the plant’s bizarre.
Seymour’s discovery of an unusual plant brings him fame and fortune, but the sting is that the plant needs human blood to thrive.
The plant grows spectacularly, becoming a puppet controlled by a human actor, which reminded me of War Horse. It works very well indeed.
The cast are uniformly excellent and it’s refreshing to see a musical that’s blackly comic and not ‘happily-ever-after’. After a first listen, there’s only the title number which is memorable, but it really doesn’t matter. This is a first rate production with a spectacular finale.
The Verdict: I would love to Seymour productions of this standard. (Sorry!)