copyright 1982; Nelson Doubleday publishers, New York; smaller hardbound in chocolate brown boards with red lettering along spine; book very good condition with clean, unmarked pages; dust jacket has issues; Book Club Edition; Based upon the film by Roger Corman; Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman; Music by Alan Menken.
Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour".
The musical premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway, where it had a five-year run. It later received numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad, and a subsequent Broadwayproduction. Because of its small cast and relatively simple orchestrations, it has become popular with community theatre, school and other amateur groups.
The musical was also made into a 1986 film of the same name, directed by Frank Oz.