The first proper musical that I watched in my early years was Little Shop of Horrors and it will forever remain as my favourite filmed musical. For the younger me, Ellen Greene was glorious – sure, she had a very strange singing voice, and her love of dentists made her weak, but, WOW, she was really something.
Fast forward to my much older, married self and I’m still in awe of this lady and here’s why – singing after a viewing of the directors cut of the film at the 50th New York Film Festival in 2012, this is Ellen Greene singing emotionally to “Somewhere that’s Green”.
Thanks to Youtube, we can also see composer Alan Menken perform a medley of tracks, though he isn’t quite as alluring!
If you’re as much of a fan of the movie as I am, you’ll probably want to watch the full 37 minute Q&A session that has Frank Oz, Ellen Greene, Alan Menken and Kurt Galvoa talking about the film and its recent restoration. At the end of this video is a recording of Howard Ashman singing a song that wasn’t used in the final film.
Be sure to check out my previous post about the animated Little Shop series too!
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