Hugh Fordin produces the disc, and composer
Alan Menken executive produces. The album will include four demo tracks of songs written for the show, featuring Menken and
Menken and lyricist-librettist
Howard Ashman penned the Off-Broadway smash 20 years ago, inspired by the B-grade horror film of the same name. The show didn't have a Broadway run, but became a Hollywood movie directed by Frank Oz. The Broadway bow of the musical comedy is currently playing the Virginia Theatre, toward an opening of Oct. 2.
Jerry Zaks directs,
Kathleen Marshall choreographs and
Kerry Butler and
Hunter Foster play Seymour and Audrey, co-workers in a flower shop whose world is rocked by an alien man-eating plant.
Menken and Ashman went on to write songs for animated Disney projects such as
Beauty and the Beast and
The Little Mermaid. Ashman died of AIDS related causes in 1991.