Sunday, October 27, 2013

100 Words On ... Little Shop of Horrors

Based on the Broadway musical, not Roger Corman’s rough-edged black-and-white original, Frank Oz’s highly stylized rom-com takes its cue from Alan Menken’s zesty R&B score and Howard Ashman’s witty lyrics and book. As kindhearted as its gentle lovers, Seymour (Rick Moranis in classic uber-nerd mode, with huge ‘80s glasses) and Audrey (Ellen Greene, a sex doll brought to life with her plush body, lacquered hair, and china-doll lisp), this Little Shop simultaneously celebrates and gently spoofs everything and everyone in it—along with heartfelt musicals, the ‘50s version of the American Dream, and Skid Row back when it was really Skid Row.

Written for The L Magazine

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