Foothill Music Theatre to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 2/20-3/9
Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents the rock musical comedy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS with music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, in which a down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, directed by Milissa Carey, with musical direction by Dolores Duran-Cefalu, and choreography by Amanda Folena, plays February 20 - March 9 in the Lohman Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills. The public may purchase tickets ($10 - $28) online at www.foothillmusicals.com or by calling (650) 949-7360.
Released in 1960, Roger Corman's comedy-horror film LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS was shot in two days using sets that had been left standing from a previous production. Featuring little-known actor Jack Nicholson, the film was not initially a commercial success. However, it slowly gained a cult following, and in 1982, was adapted for the stage by then-unknown Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. The musical version reduced the cast, simplified the story, and brought a sense of farce and fun to LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. It also introduced three new characters - a Greek chorus of ever-present Motown-style divas who provided both the musical backbone of the show and much of the narration. Directed by Howard Ashman, the show won several awards including the 1982-1983 New York Drama Critics Circle Award. When it closed after a five year run and 2,209 performances, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS was the third-longest running musical and the highest-grossing production in Off-Broadway history. The musical was adapted for the silver screen in 1986, starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, and went on to a Tony-nominated Broadway revival in 2003, and US tour in 20014 starring Anthony Rapp (Rent).
Howard Ashman (book and lyrics) was an American playwright and lyricist. He moved to New York in 1974 and became an editor at Grosset & Dunlap while he wrote plays, including 'Cause Maggie's Afraid of the Dark, The Confirmation, and Dreamstuff, a musical adaptation of The Tempest. Ashman collaborated with Alan Menken in 1979 on a musical based on Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Three years later, they penned LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS with Ashman acting as director, lyricist, and librettist. Despite the wild success of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Ashman did not consider himself part of the theatre establishment, and not long after LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS closed, he and Menken redirected their collaborations toward Disney films. In the many years of Menken and Ashman's collaborations together, they produced music and lyrics for such now classic Disney films as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, for which he was posthumously awarded the Academy Award for Best Song for "A Whole New World." Together, he and Menken won several awards, including two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and an additional Oscar for The Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea." Ashman and Menken worked together until Ashman's death at the age of 40 in 1991.
Alan Menken (music) has won eight Oscars, seven Golden Globes, and ten Grammys, as well as one Tony, the Olivier, New York Drama Critics, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Menken's theatre credits include music for Newsies, King David, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Real Life Funnies, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Weird Romance, and Madison Square Garden stage and NBC film productions of A Christmas Carol. Menken has worked with lyricists including Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Stephen Schwartz, and Lynn Ahrens, and his extensive film work includes the songs and scores to LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted and most recently, Tangled.