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Don't Feed the Plant
I saw Little Shop of Horrors at the Fisher Theater last night, the last of my season musical subscription. I've seen the movie, many many years ago, but never seen the play. It had a much darker plot than I remembered/expected! I remembered most of the music, but little of the plot. I'll have to watch the movie again and see how it compares.

Anyway, it was really well done and entertaining... even if I was surprised at how it ended. Though come to think of it: I prefer to be surprised. So I'm glad I didn't know the plot. I thought the three-women chorus's voices blended well, and I particularly liked Seymour's voice also.

I made one severe error though. I didn't think it through, given my loose recollection of the plot, but one should never ever watch this show the week before a dental appointment!

I may need to reschedule my dentist visit...yikes.
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thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: June 11th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't think it through, given my loose recollection of the plot, but one should never ever watch this show the week before a dental appointment!

Laugh! Yikes!
tedwords From: tedwords Date: June 11th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I played Seymour, years ago, in a community theater production, and coming into the show, I was also a bit surprised by the ending, having only known the movie version. And frankly, I had an awful lot of trouble with the ending of the play, because feeding Audrey to the plant made no sense at all, to me. I couldn't figure out what would motivate my character to do that! Finally, one of the other actors said, "Ted, just DO it." I did, but it still didn't feel right.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 11th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well the play is based on a movie shot in two days on a standing set.
tedwords From: tedwords Date: June 11th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, it is...three days, technically, and the script was allegedly written during a single night in an all-night coffee shops. And then, of course, there was Jack.
guingel From: guingel Date: June 11th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen the movie, but I saw the play earlier this year and was quite distressed by the ending (although I'm sure not as distressed as I would have been had I seen the movie), and I was told by the friends who saw it with me that the play ending, with them all dying, was the original ending, and the movie ending was changed, softened, because preview audiences didn't like it.
zenmondo From: zenmondo Date: June 11th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
IIRC, there are two movies of Little Shop. The one with Rick Moranis, and the Steve Martin Dentist (I understand his song isn't in the play -- but a production I saw, put it in), but there is also an older black and white version of the film as well -- it is this one, where Audrey gets eaten.

I think its the old Black & White Corman film, the musical play was based on, and the movie based on the play.
nishar From: nishar Date: June 11th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just pretend you are Bill Murry's character. :D
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 12th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the encouragement! *hug*
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: June 12th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I warned you about that dentist in LSoH...:)

There are, in fact, two film versions. The original, from 1960, was NOT a musical. It took roughly a night and a day to film and was done on a shoestring budget...yet it's endured as a classic. This is one of my all-time favorite films, the first DVD I ever bought, and I even went so far as to meet and take an acting workshop led by Mel Welles, who was Mushnik.

The second was made in 1986, basically the film of the musical, just with a slapped-on happy ending, as mentioned before. Steve Martin makes a great dentist though...so good they asked him to play one again in "Novocaine".

How was the *final* plant puppet? The larger than life one? The new cast album (the show was in NY first) doesn't show any pics of it.
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