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HOLLYWOOD — At Sunday’s opening-night bash for “Little Shop of Horrors,” castmates sounded philosophical about a set malfunction that forced a five-minute break before intermission.

Tari Kelly said her heart sank when she heard the scenery-change music repeated, but she heard that the same glitch happened at the Broadway opening.

And star Anthony Rapp said such unplanned mishaps are “the kind of thing that audiences enjoy.”

As for Audrey II, the man-eating Venus flytrap puppet on stage, Rapp said he developed a relationship with the plant. “It had spirit.”

Michael James Leslie, who first voiced Audrey II at the Westwood Playhouse in the 1980s, works from a sound booth, getting his cues from monitors.

“Twenty years ago, I watched the stage through a peep hole,” he said.

Among those at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion patio party were the Center Theater Group’s Gordon Davidson and Garry Marshall, whose daughter Kathleen choreographed the show.

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