Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It's Alive

Are you familiar with the off-Broadway musical "Little Shop of Horrors"? Perhaps you saw the film version from the 1980s of the musical with Steve Martin and Rick Moranis? It's a very odd show about a clueless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The plant, named Audrey II in honor of the florist's love interest, looks like a large venus fly trap. As the show progresses and Audrey II continues to eat Seymour's blood, he grows larger and his appetite grows out-of-control. It's not one of my favorite musicals for the same reason I'm not fond of the goriness of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in spite of my love for its song, "Not While I'm Around." Doesn't this parrot tulip as it opens remind you of Audrey II or a venus fly trap though? While there are similarities, at least we know that this tulip is more beautiful than menacing and probably won't eat unsuspecting human admirers (or photographers). Fingers crossed.

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