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Little Shop of Horrors (New Broadway Cast Recording)

Little Shop of Horrors (New Broadway Cast Recording)

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When it comes to sheer fun, the revival of the beloved Little Shop of Horrors is the hands-down winner for the 2003 Broadway season. Now known to two generations -- early fans who fondly remember the original theatrical run in the late 1970s, and the younger crowd who grew up adoring the 1986 film adaptation -- this pop musical is now a perennial favorite. The


When it comes to sheer fun, the revival of the beloved Little Shop of Horrors is the hands-down winner for the 2003 Broadway season. Now known to two generations -- early fans who fondly remember the original theatrical run in the late 1970s, and the younger crowd who grew up adoring the 1986 film adaptation -- this pop musical is now a perennial favorite. The cast album of the latest Broadway production is another winner, filled with spirited performances that bring enough novel appeal to enliven the show, while retaining all of the pizzazz of the earlier versions. In addition to strong showings by the leads and the wonderfully effective “Greek chorus” of R&B singers, the new cast recording serves up all the songs from the original theatrical production, including some that were left off the first cast recording. Special features include fascinating demos with composers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The original cast recording of the 2003 revival of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's campy classic musical Little Shop of Horrors is the most lavish package yet of the show's funny, scary, and sweet songs. Collecting all 22 songs that appear in the musical as well as five demos of songs that didn't make it into the show or the 1986 film, the album is equally worthwhile for fans of the entire Little Shop of Horrors phenomenon as well as fans of this particular cast. As Seymour, Hunter Foster's voice is nebbishy but surprisingly powerful, especially on "Grow for Me," "The Meek Shall Inherit," and "Now (It's Just the Gas)," a duet with Douglas Sills' sadistic dentist, Orin. Sills' Orin -- and, for that matter, Kerry Butler's Audrey and Michael-Leon Wooley's Audrey II -- are good, but their performances seem indebted to Steve Martin, Ellen Greene, and Levi Stubbs' characterizations in the film. Nevertheless, "Dentist!," "Somewhere That's Green," and "Feed Me" sound great. The less show-stopping songs like "Da-Doo," "The Meek Shall Inherit," and "Prologue/Little Shop of Horrors" work well too, and show off DeQuina Moore, Trisha Jeffrey, and Carla J. Hargrove as Chiffon, Crystal, and Ronnette, the musical's cross hybrid of a girl group and a Greek chorus. The demos at the end of the album are also worthwhile, expanding on character development and plot twists while underlining what a potent team Ashman and Menken were. Of particular interest are the two Orin-oriented tracks: "A Little Dental Music" is a clever homage to the Muzak played in dentists' offices and the pain that those songs try to mask, while "I Found a Hobby" plays a little bit like a prequel to "Dentist!," and was probably removed for that reason -- but it's so funny in its depiction of young Orin as a budding sadist that it's a shame that Ashman and Menken couldn't fit it into the show. "The Worse He Treats Me," meanwhile, delves deeper into Audrey and Orin's dysfunctional relationship, recalling the Crystals' "He Hit Me (It Felt Like Kiss)." "We'll Have Tomorrow," a hopeful duet between Audrey and Seymour, may be the best of the demos. A poignant love song with an aching melody, it may have been too serious to fit with the rest of the musical's dark humor and innocent romance. On the other hand, "Bad," which was written for the film of Little Shop of Horrors, doesn't live up to its title, but it does sound like a rough draft of "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space," which did appear in the film and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. This album is a lovingly crafted homage to Little Shop of Horrors' staying power; like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it's a classic because it's still outrageously good fun.

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Performance Credits

Howard Ashman   Vocals
Steve Gelfand   Bass
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Alan Menken   Vocals
Joe Passaro   Percussion
Dave Spier   Trumpet
Martin Robinson   Vocals
Ron Taylor   Vocals
Don Morrow   cast
Matt Hong   Woodwind
Robert Bartlett   Vocals
Henry Aronson   Conductor,Keyboards
Rob Bartlett   cast
Rich Mercurio   Drums
Hunter Foster   Vocals,cast
Michael-Leon Wooley   Vocals,cast
Douglas Sills   Vocals,cast
John Benthal   Guitar,Mandolin
Kerry Butler   Vocals,cast
Anthony Asbury   Vocals,cast
Carla J. Hargrove   Vocals,cast
Dequina Moore   Vocals,cast
Tom Murray   Woodwind
Trisha Jeffrey   Vocals,cast
Bill Remington   Vocals,cast
Martin P. Robinson   cast
John Samorian   Keyboards
Matt Vogel   Vocals,cast
David Yee   Percussion
Little Shop of Horrors Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Little Shop of Horrors Cast Ensemble   cast

Technical Credits

Howard Ashman   Composer,Lyricist,Book
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Alan Menken   Composer,Executive Producer
Jack Viertel   Liner Notes,Plot Synopsis
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer,Engineering
Michael Kosarin   Arranger
Georgia Stitt   Assistant Music Supervisor
Carlos Casella   Sound Design
T. Richard Fitzgerald   Sound Design
Eleven07   Art Direction
Wallace Flores   Engineer
Mark Fredricksburg   Cover Illustration
Domonic Sack   Sound Design
Daniel Troob   Orchestration
Mark Fredericksburg   Cover Illustration

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Little Shop of Horrors (New Broadway Cast Recording) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that kerry Butler is the best thing that ever came to LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. She is a lot better then Ellen Greene ever was. I just want to say thet Ellen Greene sounds like a dead cow. Hunter Foster is also good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Little Shop of Horrors is the best musical out there and I am so glad that it is finally getting reconized! I've always loved it! Hunter Foster (Urinetown) and Kerry Butler (Hairspray) are sure to be a hit! FEED ME SEYMOUR, FEED ME NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think LSOH is one of the best musicals out there. I already owned the 1986 motion picture and the original off-broadway cast album and now this one. In my opinion there is nothing like the original. But the great thing with this album is that it features almost every musical number in the show (the original album cut and reduced many of their songs). I have to admit, the tempo on this album is a little slow. In the show it was much faster...by the way, the show! If you live anywhere near NYC, go see it! I did, it was great! Probably the best broadway show I have ever seen! Kerry Butler was great, live and on this recording. If I were you, I'd buy this album, the original album, the dvd and tix to the show! They're all worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of this musical is just too kooky for me, but I still appreciate the work done here. I too give much kudos to the Greek/girl chorus; excellent, confident singing. Butler doesn't sing enough for me to comment, although what I do hear sounds nice. Hunter Foster I was expecting alot from, since I love his sister Sutton--I hope that's not his real voice because it is too-perfect geek, but he gets the emotions down pat. Douglas Sills is a pleasantly wicked surprise especially since I only know him from Scarlet Pimpernel. But the best part of the CD comes at the end, with Menken and Ashman singing the demos. I know they were trying to achieve a certain sound with the songs they ended up using, but these first versions are just much easier to listen to and I think more clever. Plus Alan's voice just blew me away: he could totally have been a pop singer! And Howard's inflections on "Hobby": priceless. Get it just for that if you've ever been interested in the composers of Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, and Newsies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I heard that Hunter Foster (Urinetown) was going to play Seymore in "Little Shop" opposite Kerry Butler (Hairspray, Bat Boy) as Audrey, I have been in anticipation for this CD ever since. But let me tell you, it was worth it! The entire cast does a great job making these classic songs their own. The voices that come out of this cast's mouths are AMAZING! It is a definate buy for any the
Guest More than 1 year ago
This recording is awesome. Hunter Foster (love him) is an awesome Seymore and Kerry Butler does a wonderful job as Audrey. However, the real stars are the urchins, the trio sounds wonderful together. They are the ones that make me want to get up and dance. I recomend this recording for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hunter Foster's Seymor is Good Kerry Butler's Audrey is just plain BAD Compared to Ellen Greene But Michale Leon Wolley's Audrey II is 100% Better than Ron Taylor & Levi Stubbs Put together
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just returned from NYC after seeing "Little Shop of Horrors." The first thing I am doing is buying the soundtrack. Go and see this amazing show -- you won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the revival of Little Shop and was amazed. Hunter Foster was every bit as good as I thought he would be, the Ronette's were fabulous but Kerry Butler was dull and uncomfortable to watch. Definetly get it for the girls and Hunter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big Kerry Butler fan, and when I heard Little Shop was her next show, I had to get this!! Everyone in the cast is superb!! This recording has also made a BIG Hunter Foster fan! A must-have or any Little Shop fan!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After performing this show for our musical this year I was interested to hear what other people have done with the music. I checked this CD out and am very sorry I did. I was the voice of Audrey II, just to let you know, and some of these songs are just terrible compared to what a little town in Wisconsin can perform. I was in pain while listening to Mushnick and Son, and all the songs with Audrey II lacked energy and charisma, something that this character is built on. Overall, very poorly done, it's shocking that this is a broadway recording!