THE SCREENING ROOM: Looking Back at Little Shop of Horrors Throughout the Years (Video)
02 Oct 2013
The Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrorsopened Oct. 2, 2003, at theVirginia Theatre, now named the August Wilson Theatre. To mark the occasion, Playbill.com looks back at various productions of the famed musical comedy.
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.