Pause for kids 12 & under
Comic book creepiness, jazzy tunes, and fab cast.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this musical has dark themes and is not for children or very sensitive viewers. It's campy noir not meant to be taken seriously, but the dark comedic plot involves a sinister dentist who tortures his patients, and a flesh-eating plant that devours human parts in a graphic feeding scene. Some of the serious issues, like abusive relationships and ultimately murder, twitch under the plot's campy mechanics.
- Families can talk about abuse and bullying in relationships. Why is Audrey dating such a creep? Is Seymour right to want to off the dentist?
- What could have happened to Audre if she had not been "saved" by Seymour? How does her treatment in the movie make you feel?
- Music and the role it plays in the movie. What do you think this would have been like on Broadway, as it originally was?