Chronicles the unlikely phenomenon of Little Shop of Horrors, the musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Looks at the creation of the musical and its place in the contemporary musical theatre canon and examines its afterlives and wider cultural context. Told through archival research and eyewitness accounts, with extensive use of Ashman's personal papers, offering a unique and inspiring study of one of musical theatre's greatest talents. 256 pages.
How did a low-budget sci-fi film, made in less than a week, become one of America's most beloved cult musicals? Adam Abraham's meticulously researched book reveals the story behind Little Shop of Horrors, from the initial idea to the choice of cast and creative team.
How does a B movie shot in two days with a budget of $30,000 spawn one of the most popular American musicals? In Attack of the Monster Musical: A Cultural History of Little Shop of Horrors, Adam Abraham chronicles this unlikely phenomenon: how an obscure 1960 Roger Corman film inspired the mega-hit Little Shop of Horrors, which became a global success.