Upcoming – A “Summer Celebration” & Assassins!

Next at Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company will be a summertime special event on June 27 – Landmark’s “Summer Celebration”. Details about this event will be forthcoming, but save the date!

Landmark’s next major production will be Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins – opening October 23 and running into November. A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.

REVIEW: “Little Shop of Horrors” — Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company

“A perfect date night for horticulturists, horror-cultists, sci-fi fans and anyone with a taste for the outrageous.”

The show, presented by the Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company, has been extended due to wild popularity through November 24th, and is the hot ticket centerpiece of this fall season’s offerings, helmed and choreographed by Landmark’s Artistic Director Megan O’Toole, with near-perfect craftsmanship.

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Theatre review: Little Shop of Horrors at the Long Beach Landmark Theatre

An excellent review for Little Shop of Horrors! 

“it’s quite difficult to point out any weak spot of this production” 

“bound to impress audiences through and through.”

“kudos must be paid to the team behind the Long Beach Landmark Theatre: they consistently present strong material worthy of a much larger space. That said, the intimate setting paired with the world class performances is a marvel that should not be changed.”

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Run Extended with a Twilight Matinee!

The opening weekend of Little Shop of Horrors was a smashing success! We broke our attendance goals and audiences were gushing with praise. With that, we are proud to announce the EXTENSION of the show for an additional weekend Nov 22-24. 

We are also excited to announce that the final Sunday performance will be at an earlier time – 5:00pm. The Courtyard Cafe will be open for a sunset snack and beverage before the show begins just after sundown.

In the News: Theatre Troupe Brings Horrors To First Congregational Church

A featured article in the Grunion Gazette

Theatre Troupe Brings Horrors To First Congregational Church

A “Little Shop Of Horrors” will be found this month in the sanctuary of Long Beach’s landmark First Congregational Church.

A musical, and one dealing with demonic doings, might seem incongruous to an historic church. But the Landmark Theatre Company has successfully produced plays for the last three years at First Congregational, and artistic director Megan O’Toole has found some justification for this play to be in church.

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In the News: How does human-eating (and showtune-singing) plant Audrey II come to life in Long Beach? It takes two talents…

A featured article in the Long Beach Press Telegram:

How does human-eating (and showtune-singing) plant Audrey II come to life in Long Beach? It takes two talents…

Beginning this Friday, Nov. 8, Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company opens its own production of the cult classic at the First Congregational Church Long Beach. 

“Feed me!”

These are the first words uttered from the bulking, ravenous plant that feeds on the flesh and blood of humans in Roger Corman’s ultimate B-movie, the 1960 dark comedy “Little Shop of Horrors.” Alan Menken and Howard Ashman turned the movie into an uproarious musical that became a hit movie and one of the most-produced shows of recent years.

Beginning this Friday, Nov. 8, Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company opens its own production of the cult classic at the First Congregational Church Long Beach…

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The History of “Little Shop of Horrors”

Before it ever reached the stage, the characters and ideas of Little Shop were front and center in popular science-fiction and horror storytelling. In 1956, sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke took inspiration from the horror stories of H.G. Wells to write “The Reluctant Orchid,” about a man who tries to use a deadly plant to murder his aunt without a trace. Then in 1960, Screenwriter Charles B. Griffith took inspiration from “The Reluctant Orchid” story to write The Little Shop of Horrors– a cult classic horror movie about a humble florist who uses a man-eating plant to get rid of his enemies and raise his status.

The movie had no singing or dancing, but a young writer named Howard Ashman became enamored with the film’s characters and irreverent tone. Years later, Ashman worked with the composer Alan Menken to bring the fun of the campy classic to the musical stage. The pair wanted to capture the retro feeling of their cinematic inspiration, and opted for a musical style inspired by doo-wop and early rock and roll. By marrying raucous musical fun to a grimly fascinating thematic tradition of greed and misused power, Ashman and Menken produced the enduring musical we know today.

After the show premiered in May of 1982, people took notice quickly. After just 24 performances in the humble, 98-seat WPA Theatre, the show moved to the much bigger Orpheum Theatre, where eager audiences enjoyed a run of over 2,000 performances. The show toured all over the nation and beyond, bringing man-eating plant-based mayhem to London’s West End and Sydney’s Theatre Royal within three years of its New York premiere. Since then, the phenomenon that is Little Shop has seen a film adaptation and a Broadway run, and has arguably become the most popular horror comedy rock musical of all time- though in a category that unique, it doesn’t have much competition.

Community and Civic Leaders Take the Stage… to Spell!

Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company is proud to announce that multiple community and civic leaders will be taking the stage as competitive spellers in the upcoming 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening May 10.  

The production is a hilariously irreverent affair as a quirky group of pre-teen spellers (portrayed by adult actors) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.  As each contestant steps to the microphone, they open their hearts – in sometimes hilarious and often touching stories of life as a 12-year-old.  

It’s an unpredictable evening, as some members of the audience just might find themselves a part of the craziness on the spelling bee stage.  And Landmark is proud to announce that our line-up of guest spellers includes such notable Long Beach community and civic leaders as: community activist Justin Rudd, 3rd District Councilwoman Suzie Price, and Director of Economic Development John Keisler.  Each performance will feature at least one different surprise guest – it’s an evening not to be missed.

Landmark Announces Three Productions for 2019!

Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company is proud to announce three new productions in 2019.

First, coming in May is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Book, this show has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor.  

Experience the joys and heartbreaks of bare-knuckled competition as an eclectic group of entrants vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing “ding” that signals a spelling mistake. Each contestant steps to the microphone to confront ever more difficult words, while candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives.  It’s fast-paced, wildly funny and touching, with a fresh and vibrant score.

This Bee is one unforgettable experience! 

Performances: Friday through Sunday, May 10th -12th and 17th-19th

November will once again be the time for Landmark’s big Fall Musical.  This year we’re proud to present the deviously delicious classic, Little Shop of Horrors!

Feed the need for musical hilarity with this delectable Broadway smash hit about a man-eating plant.  Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over thirty years.  Nerdy floral shop worker Seymour would give anything to gain the love of Audrey.  The depth of his desire is tested when a strange and menacing addition to his floral shop brings him sudden and unexpected popularity.  Howard Ashman and Alan Menken are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

This show is one not to be missed—You’ll eat it up!

Performances: Friday through Sunday , November 8th-10th and 15th-17th.

And as a special treat this summer, the Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company will present a magical Gala Concert, filled with the big, sweeping, beloved music that Landmark does best.  Stay tuned for more details!