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Stage

Take your pick of man-eating plants

A musical, two movies and countless theater productions tell the tale of Audrey II.

By JOHN FLEMING
Published April 12, 2007


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Little Shop of Horrors is well-represented on DVD and CD. The original 1960 movie, made in a few days by director Roger Corman, is cherished for such over-the-top touches as the young Jack Nicholson playing a masochistic dental patient and the chase scene on a mound of old tires.

The 1986 movie musical stars Rick Moranis, in his geeky Everyman period, as Seymour, and Ellen Greene as Audrey, reprising the role she created off Broadway. Steve Martin does his Elvis imitation as the sadistic biker-dentist, and there are cameos by Bill Murray (in the Nicholson part), Jim Belushi, John Candy and Christopher Guest. Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops is the voice of the flesh-eating plant, Audrey II, in Feed Me (Git It) and Mean Green Mother from Outer Space.

Of the three recordings, the 2003 Broadway revival, with Hunter Foster as Seymour and Kerry Butler as Audrey, is the one that has every number from the musical plus five bonus tracks of demos or songs cut from the show performed by composer Alan Menken, lyricist Howard Ashman and original Audrey II voice Ron Taylor.

And if all that is not enough, type in "Little Shop of Horrors on YouTube" to see video clips from hundreds of high school or community theater productions. There's even a clip from the short-lived Saturday morning TV cartoon show, Little Shop, which featured a family-friendly plant.

[Last modified April 11, 2007, 18:19:30]


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