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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Roars Rainbow Stage Back to Life for Another Season

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Roars Rainbow Stage Back to Life for Another Season

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

Little Shop of Horrors

Doo-wop tunes, intricate sets, bloodthirsty plants, an evil dentist, doomed lovers, and an excellent Bob Ross mural — what do these things have in common? They all take centre stage in Rainbow Stage’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

I was glad to see that Rainbow decided to do three (including their inaugural partnership with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, South Pacific) full-fledged musicals this year instead of, frankly, wasting local talent on a tribute show like last year’s “Cash: Ring of Fire.” Winnipeggers can get their fill of impersonators of yesteryear with Club Regent’s touring lineup. No, this year, the two summer shows, both modern classics in the musical theatre genre in their own right — Little Shop and coming in August, “Mamma Mia!” — are both making their Rainbow debut.

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Review: Rainbow Stage’s Shrek the Musical

Review: Rainbow Stage’s Shrek the Musical

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

Shrek The Musical
Shrek The Musical plays Rainbow Stage August 11-31. (RAINBOW STAGE / HANDOUT)

I’ve been going to Rainbow Stage since I was six years old. My first show was “Big — The Musical.” In the last few years, I’ve made a point of trying to catch their entire season. When I heard that they were going to perform Shrek, my first thought was: “That is a big show.”

I’d watched the pro-shot version of the Broadway show on Netflix, and it has got to be one of the largest shows of the last decade. Not only are there plethoras of costume changes, set pieces, cast members, and special effects, but there’s also knowing that you have to fill some of the theatre scene’s biggest shoes — Shrek was originally led by Brian D’Arcy James as the titular character and Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona.

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Shrek the Musical Takes to Rainbow Stage

Shrek the Musical Takes to Rainbow Stage

Shrek The Musical
Shrek The Musical plays Rainbow Stage August 11-31. (RAINBOW STAGE / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Rainbow Stage is debuting the beloved Shrek franchise as part of their latest production tonight.

Based on the popular DreamWorks Animation motion picture and book by William Steig, Shrek The Musical will hit the Manitoba stage for the first time.

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