A nerdish florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.
KC’s been under the weather and Sue’s stuck in convention prep, so we bring you a re-lease of our 2011 episode covering “Little Shop of Horrors” … Including the original show notes, because we don’t have time to re-write them…
In the first installment of our Mastergeek Theater series, KC and I cover Little Shop of Horrors in it’s many incarnations. Although we touch briefly on the 1960 film and theatrical productions, we focus mainly on the 1986 movie musical. Little Shop is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year , and features fantastic music, and puppetry from veterans of the Jim Henson Creature Shop, and wonderful direction by Frank Oz. Musicals with puppets? As if you expected anything else from us.
We discuss our favorite scenes, songs, and cameos and the different film-making techniques used. We also talk about the original ending from the 1960 film, how that was adapted to the stage, why it was changed for the 1986 film, and if the original ending would have been more effective. We touch on the feel for the world created in Skid Row, the genius of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and how the performances of Ellen Greene (Audrey) and Rick Moranis (Seymour) have informed nearly every performance since.
Oh, and puppet trivia – you can’t forget about the puppet trivia. And make sure to stay tuned to the end of the podcast for some musical bloopers.
For more information on the different incarnations of Little Shop, check the links below:
Little Shop of Horrors (1960) at IMDB
Little Shop of Horrors (1982 Off-Broadway) at IOBDB
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) at IMDB
Little Shop of Horrors (2003 Broadway) at IBDB