By Playbill Staff
02 Oct 2013
The musical, by composer Alan Menken and late lyricist-librettist Howard Ashman, was based on the 1960 black comedy film "The Little Shop of Horrors," directed by Roger Corman. The film followed a down-on-his luck florist named Seymour who encounters a new species of plant that feeds on human flesh and lures him into a world of fame, greed and murder.
Little Shop features music in the style of early 1960s rock-and-roll and doo-wop as well as more traditional Broadway ballads like "Somewhere That's Green." The original production opened Off-Broadway in 1982, starring Lee Wilkof and Ellen Greene, and ran for five years, closing Nov. 1, 1987. Frank Oz directed a 1986 film adaptation, starring Rick Moranis and Greene, who reprised her acclaimed performance as the lovably ditzy Audrey; the 2003 Broadway production starred Hunter Foster and Kerry Butler.
Click through to see some clips of Little Shop of Horrors. Continued...