Little Shop of Horrors: Director’s Cut restores Original ending for the first time on the Big Screen

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By TheatreRat

“On the twenty third day
Of the month of September
In an early year of a decade
Not too long before our own

The human race
Suddenly encountered
A deadly threat
To its very existence

And this terrifying enemy surfaced
As such enemies often do
In the seemingly most innocent
And unlikely of places”

This ominous warning of impending doom may sound like it’s alluding to a racist, rancid pumpkin descending from his Fifth Ave. tower on a golden escalator to wreak havoc and make America hate again; it’s much more benign.

It’s just a carnivorous man-eating plant from outer space that lands on Skid Row to “eat the world whole.”  In the plant’s defense, when Audrey II gets busted with the truth about its intentions, at least it’s honest and says, “No shit Sherlock!”

If you only saw the 1986 film of Little Shop, chances are you think Rick Moranis’ Seymour Kelborn destroyed the vegetable and lived happily ever after with his girlfriend, played brilliantly by the original off-Broadway Audrey, Ellen Greene.

(photo credit: movie still courtesy of Warner Bros.)

But not so fast; that’s the Hollywood ending.

It’s not what creator; the late Howard Ashman, intended or wrote in his original 1982 off-Broadway smash hit production on which he was lyricist, librettist and director with composer Alan Menken.

For the 1986 film version directed by Frank Oz of Muppet fame, Ashman served as screenwriter and preserved the original ending but test audiences thought it was “too dark,” so it was cut and the ending reshot with a new more marketable and appealing “happy” ending.

Now for the first time in movie theaters the rarely seen original ending has been restored in “Little Shop of Horrors: Director’s Cut.  On October 29th and 31st in “cities across America,” fans who loved the film, but hated the 1986 ending, can finally enjoy it the way it was meant to be!

Screening locations and ticket info HERE

Take it away Ronette, Crystal and Chiffon!

 

 

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