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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ bookends Halloween

One of the most ‘haunting’ numbers in musical theater is “Dentist” from Little Shop of Horrors, according to Broadway Direct.

“Horror doesn’t always have to be a monster lurking around the corner or a killer wielding a bloody knife,” writes Mark Robinson in a feature story. “Sometimes the commonplace and everyday can be just as frightening—like accidentally visiting a sadistic dentist who revels at drilling too far and too deep. Little Shop of Horrors is the musical and Orin Scrivello is the doctor who will be seeing to your … toothache.”

“Dentist” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, as part of a production of Little Shop of Horrors, will provide high school theatergoers across the country with all they need to know of this doctor’s services this weekend and next:

  • Highlands HS (San Antonio, TX), Oct. 25–26
  • Cane Bay HS (Summerville, SC), Oct. 25–27
  • Ogden (UT) HS, Oct. 25–28
  • Little Cypress-Mauriceville HS (Orange, TX), Oct.26–Nov. 4
  • Murray County HS (Chatsworth, GA), Oct. 29–31
  • Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, IL), Oct. 31–Nov. 2
  • Big Walnut HS (Sunbury, OH), Oct. 31–Nov. 3
  • Winchendon (MA) School, Nov. 1–2
  • Skaneateles (NY) HS, Nov. 1–3
  • Broccoli Hall HS (Sudbury, MA), Nov. 1–2
  • Wilton (IA) Jr/Sr HS, Nov. 7–8

Dates, times, and shows are subject to change without notice on these pages. Voxitatis hasn’t confirmed any of the shows above, but these schools were originally licensed to perform the musical on the dates listed, according to Music Theater International, which licenses the production for performance.

Other haunting numbers

The Broadway Direct posting also lists the following numbers in musical theater as “haunting”:

  1. Title theme from Phantom of the Opera
  2. “And Eve Was Weak” from Carrie
  3. Title theme from Kiss of the Spider Woman
  4. “The Whole ‘Being Dead’ Thing” from Beetlejuice
  5. “Confrontation” from Jekyll & Hyde
  6. “One Hallowe’en” from Applause
  7. “Killing Spree” from American Psycho
  8. “Science Fiction/Double Feature” from Rocky Horror Picture Show
  9. “Tevye’s Dream” from Fiddler on the Roof
  10. “Just Around the Corner” from The Addams Family
  11. “Ghosties & Ghoulies & Things That Go Bump in the Night” from Meet Me in St. Louis
  12. “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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