Howard Ashman Little Shop of Horrors [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Little Shop of Horrors [Original Motion Picture
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  • Released: August 25, 1992
  • Originally Released: 1992
  • Label: Decca U.S.


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Principal cast: Rick Moranis (Seymour), Ellen Greene (Audrey), Steve Martin (Orin), Vincent Gardenia (Mushnik), Michelle Weeks, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell (Ronnette, Chiffon and Crystal), Levi Stubbs (Audrey II).
Recorded at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles; Advision Limited, London, England.
All music written by Alan Menken. All lyrics written by Howard Ashman.
Principal Cast: Ellen Greene (Audrey), Seymour (Lee Wilkof), Hy Anzell (Mushnik), Franc Luz (Orin, Bernstein, Snip), Sheila Kay Davis (Ronnette), Leilani Jones (Chiffon), Jennifer Leigh Warren (Crystal), Martin P. Robinson (Derelict/Audry II manipulation), Ron Taylor (Audrey II).
Recorded at A&R Recording and Chelsea Studios, New York.
All music written by Alan Menken. All lyrics written by Howard Ashman.
This recording of the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is from the original off-Broadway cast which opened in 1982 at the WPA Theatre. The score varies somewhat from the film version.
In 1978 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman created a new musical take on Roger Corman's 1960 film Little Shop Of Horrors, which became a Broadway hit. Both involve a man-eating, Venus flytrap-inspired plant named Audrey II, raised in a skid-row flower shop into a massive beast with excessive chloroplast (testosterone?) levels. Though the film was inventive and campy, Menken and Ashman's music music - a mix of doo-wop and lavish songs along the lines of Rocky Horror Picture Show -- made the show's fun hilarious, its thrills outrageously gruesome. The soundtrack to Frank Oz's 1987 film adaptation carries on the musical's spirit: Steve Martin's rendition of "Dentist," about a demented psychopath who drills mouths (not just teeth) without novocaine, is achingly funny. "Downtown" is a full-powered choir of the slums; Rick Moranis works for an uptight flower shop manager ("He took me in, gave me shelter, a bed, crust of bread and a job, treats me like dirt and calls me a slob, which I am.") Martin and Moranis' sincere if limited singing is charming, and Ellen Greene returns as the original Audrey from the Broadway version; the way she belts out earth-shakingly high notes is bewildering, particularly on the lovely duet with Moranis, "Suddenly Seymour." The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs is a scene-stealer as Audrey II, particularly on the new track, the raunchy, boisterous finale "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space"; since film nominations must be new songs, it was added in hopes of an Academy Award (and did indeed receive a nomination.) When Disney added a tribute to Howard Ashman on the Beauty and the Beast credits after his death in 1992, it read: "To Ashman who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul." He also gave a plant its appetite. ~ Peter Fawthrop

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  • UPC: 720642202029
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