ACT­ING OUT ‘Lit­tle Shop,’ ‘Heathers’ hit the­aters in the ATL

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Two new sum­mer mu­si­cals in the ATL are per­haps best known from their film ver­sions. Ac­tor’s Ex­press is about to open “Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors,” the best-known adap­ta­tion of which is the 1986 movie star­ring Rick Mo­ra­nis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin. The hit mu­si­cal, with book and lyrics by the late, openly gay play­wright and lyri­cist Howard Ash­man, is about a plant that grows to an enor­mous size and needs hu­man blood to sur­vive.

In “Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors,” Trevor Perry plays one of the urchins/ Doo Wop Girls in full drag. Perry has al­ready ap­peared in sev­eral ver­sions of the mu­si­cal.

“It’s one of my fa­vorite shows of all time,” Perry ad­mit­ted. “It im­printed me when I was younger, at an early age. The Doo Wop Girls are such an im­por­tant part of the mu­si­cal. Be­ing one has al­ways been a dream.”

He feels his fel­low Doo Wop Girls – Brit­tani Min­nieweather and Kiona D. Rese – have strengths that they in­cor­po­rate into this ver­sion.

“Kiona is a fab­u­lous dancer and Brit­tani is the fun­ni­est of us all,” said Perry, who reg­u­larly per­forms drag at var­i­ous venues around town un­der the name Gwen­dolyn Van Cartier.

And On­Stage At­lanta just de­buted its take on “Heathers: The Mu­si­cal,” based on the cult clas­sic “Heathers,” which starred Wi­nona Ry­der and Chris­tian Slater and was about a pop­u­lar fe­male clique at high school and the mur­der­ous out­sider who dis­rupts them. Di­rected by out direc­tor Char­lie Miller, “Heathers” shares a lot with its film coun­ter­part.

“The two are sim­i­lar, but they com­bine a few char­ac­ters,” he said. “As far as the story, the movie picks up with Veron­ica al­ready be­ing a part of the [clique] Heathers, and in the mu­si­cal there is an open­ing song about her be­ing ac­cepted and trans­formed into the group. We get her back­story. There are some tweaks here and there. It’s tighter, I think.”

The show was pro­duced by Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity, the only theater com­pany in town to ever do so. That’s a bit of a sur­prise, given its high pro­file.

“I think it’s edgy in the sense that there are some dark themes – killing, mur­der,

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