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Little Shop of Horrors: Script and Lyrics
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards glob ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Samuel French, Inc
(first published 1982)
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This will complete my challenge for reading a play script. Since I’m handling props for an upcoming show, I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone. I’ve seen this play before a couple of times, so this was a fairly quick read. I still prefer the movie ending, but it’s a weird, wacky play with a lot of fun songs and memorable characters. The most known character, of course, is Audrey II, a carnivorous plant not just content with Miracle-Gro. No, Audrey II’s tastes are more sanguinary. At any r ...more
This is one of my all-time favorite musicals. I just happened upon a copy of the complete script at my local library's second-hand store and jumped on it. I saw a community theatre performance of it two weeks ago, and so my experience of it was fresh in my mind. This changed my understanding of the show--the amount of detail in this is astounding. Stage directions, set design, characterization is all scripted to a T. There are even detailed diagrams on puppet and stage design. Also, just somethi ...more
I love this musical. It's your bog standard cheesy love story but with a huge man eating plant thrown in! This makes it so much more different than other musicals particularly in the Faustian ending but I won't spoil it. There's this underlying sinister nature to the musical that keeps the audience on their toes and even rather Brechtian as you find yourself laughing at the most horrendous events. Musically it is not terribly outlandish but it's still very nice and the last song is really epic w ...more
One of my favorite movies, favorite stage shows and favorite performing experiences, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (the writing team who would later single-handedly launch the Disney Renaissance) hit gold here with their good-hearted sci-fi spoof. Riffing on Roger Corman's z-list film so effectively that it has entirely replaced it in popular culture, the story of Seymour, Audrey, Dr. Scrivello and the foul-mouthed talking plant is one of the masterpieces of sci-fi comedy, as well as a stage and ...more
Inappropriately funny. Vulgar. Dark. Twisted. Scary-ish. A rather highly-stylized and simple plot at the same time. The characters, especially Audrey, had special traits and personalities that made me feel empathetic. A heartwarming story that suggests themes of self-acceptance, morality, the dark side of fame, love, and evil. This book has enthralled me and has got my interest in musicals.
How can you not love Little Shop? It incorporates love, corruption, greed, fame, comedy, and inhumanity. I played the crazy sadistic biker dentist-Orin Scrivello, in this show! One of my favorites! Look out for Audrey II! Also, a fabulous collaboration between Menken and Ashman.