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Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy musical based on the 1960 Roger Corman film The Little Shop of Horrors. The book and lyrics are by Howard Ashman and the music is composed by Alan Menken.

Summary of the showEdit

Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey's sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey's ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?

ProductionEdit

This is the original Off-Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors. The musical had its world premiere Off-Off-Broadway on May 6, 1982 at the Workshop of the Players Art Foundation (WPA Theatre), playing there until June 6, 1982.

Little Shop of Horrors opened to rave reviews at the WPA and quickly became a sellout. Like the movie that inspired it, it became a conversation piece with word spreading rapidly about the fantastic plant that bellows “Feed me!” and eats people. The show ran from May 6 to June 6 and by this time, Broadway producers were practically knocking down Kyle Renick’s door to move the show uptown.

“I had 26 offers from commercial producers to transfer this show,” says Renick. And after much thought (and some fabulous dinners), Renick made his choice: the Shubert Organization, which had never before produced an Off-Broadway show. “I had a meeting with Bernie Jacobs of the Shubert Organization,” Renick remembers, “and I knew that he was in tune with our demands. He understands the difference between a Broadway and Off-Broadway show and he seemed to be willing to allow us creative freedom. Also, he brought two gentlemen into the deal that are very valuable to our show. David Geffen has his own prestigious record company, which means that the cast album will be done in the finest of taste and Cameron Mackintosh, the British producer of Cats and 99 other shows, will ensure that Little Shop of Horrors will get a wonderful production in Britain.”

Because the WPA Theatre had enjoyed a big success when it moved its production of Key Exchange from its own theatre to the larger Orpheum Theatre, it decided to do the same with Little Shop of Horrors. The financial statistics of the transfer are staggering. The show cost about $25,000 to mount at the WPA (the most expensive show in its history). Tickets at the 98-seat theatre cost $7. Cost of the same show at the Orpheum? Between $350,000 and $400,000, with a ticket top of $22.95.

Musical numbersEdit

Act One Edit

Prologue/Little Shop of Horrors ~Chiffon, Ronette and Crystal
Skid Row ~Audrey, Seymour and Company
Da-Doo ~Seymour, Chiffon, Ronette and Crystal
Grow For Me ~Seymour
Ya Never Know ~Mushnik, Chiffon, Ronette, Crystal and Seymour
Closed for Renovation ~Seymour, Audrey and Mushnik
Dentist! ~Orin, Chiffon, Ronette and Crystal
Mushnik & Son ~Mushnik and Seymour
Feed Me (Git It!) ~Audrey II and Seymour
Now (It's Just the Gas ~Orin and Seymour
Act I Finale ~Chiffon, Ronette, Crystal and Audrey II

Act TwoEdit

Entr'acte ~instrumental
Call Back in the Morning ~Audrey and Seymour
Suddenly Seymour ~Seymour and Audrey
Suppertime ~Audrey II
The Meek Shall Inherit ~Chiffon, Ronette, Crystal, Mr. Bernstein, Mrs. Luce, Skip Snip and Seymour
Sominex ~Audrey
Suppertime II ~Audrey II
Finale Ultimo (Don't Feed the Plants) ~Chiffon, Ronette, Crystal and Company

Cut SongsEdit

We'll Have Tomorrow ~Seymour and Audrey

Character ListEdit

Seymour Krelborn- The protagonist of the show. In the show, he is shy, self reserved, meek, and generally naive of the world around him. The one person he truly loves is Audrey, which later plays a major role in the show as the plant Audrey II uses this weakness to get Seymour to keep committing "bloody, awful, evil things"
Audrey-

The love interest of the show. She is in general, a naive person (much like Seymour) even to the point of extreme ditzy. But she has a heart of gold, protecting Seymour (which provides some comedic elements) from Mushnik and Orin. She is easy to push around (abused by her sadistic boyfriend Orin) but in the end, commits extreme bravery to give Seymour, also her one true love, the chance to get "everything he deserves"

Mr. Mushnik-

Is a mix of antagonist/protagonist of the show. His supreme greediness plays a major role in the show, as he adopts Seymour to keep the money Seymour is bringing in with the plant. He is shallow, selfish, and greedy beyond all accounts.

CastEdit


Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy musical based on the 1960 Roger Corman film The Little Shop of Horrors. The book and lyrics are by Howard Ashman and the music is composed by Alan Menken.

Summary of the showEdit

Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey's sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey's ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?

ProductionEdit

It opened Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in Manhattan's East Village on July 27, 1982. The production, directed by Ashman, with musical staging by Edie Cowan, was critically acclaimed and won several awards including the 1982–1983 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award.[1] Howard Ashman wrote, in the introduction to the acting edition of the libretto, that the show "satirizes many things: science fiction, 'B' movies, musical comedy itself, and even the Faust legend".[2] The cast starred Lee Wilkof as Seymour, Ellen Greene as Audrey, Hy Anzell as Mr. Mushnik, Franc Luz as Orin and the other small roles, Leilani Jones was a replacement as Chiffon, Ron Taylor as the voice of Audrey II, and Martin P. Robinson as the Audrey II puppeteer.

The production ran for 5 years. When it closed on November 1, 1987, after 2,209 performances, it was the third-longest running musical[3] and the highest-grossing production in Off-Broadway history.[4] Though a Broadway transfer had been proposed for the production, book writer Howard Ashman felt the show belonged where it was.[5] Since it was not produced on Broadway, the original production was ineligible for the 1982 Tony Awards. The producers were the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Shubert Organization. The Audrey II puppets were designed and operated by Martin P. Robinson.[2]

An original cast recording, released in 1982, omitted the songs "Call Back in the Morning" and the reprise of "Somewhere That's Green", and had abridged versions of "Now (It's Just the Gas)," "Mushnik and Son," and "The Meek Shall Inherit". It also shifted the location of the song "Closed for Renovation," appearing in the show after "Somewhere That's Green" while appearing on the cast album after "Now (It's Just the Gas)" to serve as an upbeat bridge from Orin's death to the Act II love ballad, "Suddenly, Seymour".[6] The recording features Leilani Jones, who replaced Marlene Danielle as Chiffon two weeks after the musical opened.

Musical numbersEdit

Act One Edit

Prologue/Little Shop of Horrors ~Chiffon, Ronette and Crystal
Skid Row ~Audrey, Seymour and Company
Da-Doo ~Seymour, Chiffon, Ronette and Crystal
Grow For Me ~Seymour
Ya Never Know ~Mushnik, Chiffon, Ronette, Crystal and Seymour
Closed for Renovation ~Seymour, Audrey and Mushnik
Dentist! ~Orin, Chiffon, Ronette and Crystal
Mushnik & Son ~Mushnik and Seymour
Feed Me (Git It!) ~Audrey II and Seymour
Now (It's Just the Gas ~Orin and Seymour
Act I Finale ~Chiffon, Ronette, Crystal and Audrey II

Act TwoEdit

Entr'acte ~instrumental
Call Back in the Morning ~Audrey and Seymour
Suddenly Seymour ~Seymour and Audrey
Suppertime ~Audrey II
The Meek Shall Inherit ~Chiffon, Ronette, Crystal, Mr. Bernstein, Mrs. Luce, Skip Snip and Seymour
Sominex ~Audrey
Suppertime II ~Audrey II
Finale Ultimo (Don't Feed the Plants) ~Chiffon, Ronette, Crystal and Company

Cut SongsEdit

We'll Have Tomorrow ~Seymour and Audrey

Character ListEdit

Seymour Krelborn- The protagonist of the show. In the show, he is shy, self reserved, meek, and generally naive of the world around him. The one person he truly loves is Audrey, which later plays a major role in the show as the plant Audrey II uses this weakness to get Seymour to keep committing "bloody, awful, evil things"
Audrey-

The love interest of the show. She is in general, a naive person (much like Seymour) even to the point of extreme ditzy. But she has a heart of gold, protecting Seymour (which provides some comedic elements) from Mushnik and Orin. She is easy to push around (abused by her sadistic boyfriend Orin) but in the end, commits extreme bravery to give Seymour, also her one true love, the chance to get "everything he deserves"

Mr. Mushnik-

Is a mix of antagonist/protagonist of the show. His supreme greediness plays a major role in the show, as he adopts Seymour to keep the money Seymour is bringing in with the plant. He is shallow, selfish, and greedy beyond all accounts.

CastEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Script error
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ashman, Howard. Introductory notes, Little Shop of Horrors acting edition (1982)
  3. Sedore, Clair. "Long Runs in the Theatre" Template:Webarchive, World-theatres.com. Retrieved on April 20, 2008.
  4. Gordon, James. "Plymouth-Whitemarsh: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’", philly.com, 30 March 2009, Accessed 13 August 2009
  5. Template:Cite news
  6. castalbumscollector.com listing
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