Little Shop of Horrors Deleted Scenes Leaked

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Re: Little Shop of Horrors Deleted Scenes Leaked

Postby JustinHoskie » Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:02 pm

I was able to get my hands on a DVD of the first "Encores!" performance a couple weeks ago, and a DVD of the July 2 matinee yesterday, so I've been able to upload some clips from them. There's still about 5 videos I'm going to upload tonight, but all the songs are here already so go bananas: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... Rbf9Pz6Eq_

All in all, it's a great concert production. They staged it just enough to give the show context and not make it look haphazardly thrown together, but it doesn't look too cheep or ridiculous. (For the most part. The fact that there's no prop gun throws me off.) Everyone, with the exception of Ellen, reads from a script at points, but they don't rely too heavily on them and you get the sense that the know enough to keep going without them. Luckily, I went in with the right expectations -- That this was a semi-staged concert and nothing more -- and I loved it.

It took me a bit to get used to Jake Gyllenhaal's Seymour, since I'm used to baby-faced Rick Moranis and Hunter Foster. When I first listened to him, I thought he was a bit too over the top with the "nerd" performance. He was too shy and awkward. His singing was a great, but his Seymour was too extreme. After seeing his performance, it's what I like about him. His Seymour is the first truly shy and awkward Seymour I've seen. His Seymour still has the growth and development he needs, but it's more believable and feels more real.

The way he delivers the intro and first verse of “Suddenly, Seymour” is a prime example. Usually, Seymour’s played as someone who, if not confident, is comfortable in that moment. He’s sure of himself. He knows this is what he has to say to comfort Audrey, and he has no problem saying it. However, Jake’s Seymour is still shy and reserved here. He’s in no way confident or comfortable in that moment. He knows he should say these things to comfort her, but he’s still unsure and is forcing himself to actually say it instead of just thinking it. Would he have said it at the beginning of the show? No, not at all. But it's still outside of his comfort zone.

And Ellen Greene is still amazing. Though she still isn't as strong vocally as she used to be -- Which is only natural. If you compare her recording of "I Could've Danced All Night" on the original My Fair Lady cast album to her 1991 Tony performance, you can hear that Julie Andrew's voice was starting to wane, and she was professional singer. -- but it doesn't matter. Her performance is just as powerful as ever, if not more powerful and emotional, and this is the first time I've cried during a Little Shop performance from beginning and end. Her performance of "Somewhere That's Green," especially during in the first performance, is itself a three-act play.
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Re: Little Shop of Horrors Deleted Scenes Leaked

Postby JustinHoskie » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:32 pm

I'm reading the book Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters. In her August 1939 interview with May Man for Screenland, it mentions that "Judy owns a small florist shop in Hollywood." And then my hand slipped.

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Re: Little Shop of Horrors Deleted Scenes Leaked

Postby JustinHoskie » Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:24 pm

Garrett Gilchrist wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsWgcZkFxCw

My favorite comment from this video, which just perfectly illustrates the internet's problem of assuming what little information and half-truths it has is 100% fact:

In the original OB production, all the characters are loathsome. Even Audrey, who's a greedy, selfish, ditzy bimbo. Seymour is also a cold blooded killer. Orvin is shot dead in the production after he and Seymour sing "Gotta be the gas" and Mushnik is lured to the plant purposely after Seymour attempts to bribe him for keeping his mouth shut after learning that Seymour killed Orvin.

Audrey's death in the original production is the only moment of humility he has. He tries to undo what's happened, but is too late. After threatening to prune Audrey II, the Plant sings Mean Green Mother before turning on Seymour and eating him.

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The biggest problem is that Ashman rewrote the production for its film adaptation, making the two leads lovable,innocent and naive.(Seymour doesn't kill anyone, he lets Orvin asphyxiate on gas, and tries to warn Mushnik not to get too close to the plant) Audrey is also a hapless damsel stuck in abusive relationship, wants a normal middle class life. Her death is heartbreaking and mean spirited because she dated Orvin, finally found a nicer guy, wanted escape from hell and instead gets cheated and eaten. The ending could have been used had they stayed true to the play.


Dude, I don't know what you're smoking, but give me some of it because that sh*t sounds good.
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Re: Little Shop of Horrors Deleted Scenes Leaked

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:59 pm

Jeez.
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Re: Little Shop of Horrors Deleted Scenes Leaked

Postby JustinHoskie » Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:54 am

At the end of '[Suddenly,] Seymour' I was spent — a song that is difficult for me, for in the lyrics I confess that, 'Nobody ever treated me kindly.' The frightening reality of being vulnerable, opening up, letting go, and giving in and trusting. 'Please understand it's still strange and frightening for losers like I've been, it's so hard to say…' Today the word 'loser' is used as a punchline, a put down, but the feeling down on oneself, having a low self esteem — the reality of feeling that word — well, it hurts and drains you causing a helplessness, as if there is a bottomless black hole. Well, during the matinee, I just lost myself in that well of helplessness, sadness and emptiness. I felt like I was hearing that lyric in such a new way, opening up a wound so old and deep. I lost myself in the echo of loneliness, and I did not come in with the next 'Suddenly Seymour,' but Jake came in with his entrance. He rescued me out of my and Audrey's reverie through his compassion, empathy and dearness that he so kindly gave me and showered on me. He helped me to get through that rendition of a very emotional song, and I was grateful.

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Re: Little Shop of Horrors Deleted Scenes Leaked

Postby JustinHoskie » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:48 pm

Now, if only I had $25 to spare.... http://www.ioffer.com/i/little-shop-of- ... -596971494
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Re: Little Shop of Horrors Deleted Scenes Leaked

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:35 am

$25 isn't that much.

Though does anyone really need all of the episodes of that series?

I spotted two at a torrent site - one has commercials and is incomplete at the end. Some have popped up on Youtube as well.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... AijaJjof40

Unrelated:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTPIjvhkZ7E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgw2Esfu-Ps
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Re: Little Shop of Horrors Deleted Scenes Leaked

Postby JustinHoskie » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:42 pm

Garrett Gilchrist wrote:$25 isn't that much.

Though does anyone really need all of the episodes of that series?

Well, I do run The Little Shop Archive, so....

And besides, I've seen a good enough amount of people interested in at least seeing the series, even though I haven't been able to sit through a single episode.

Using The Wayback Machine, I was able to go back and find a few goodies from Vinnie Rattolle's old blog that I haven't seen around since.

Here's the comic book adaptation, adapted by Michael Fleisher with art by Gene Colan and Dave Hunt (around four or five pages are broken, but it's mostly intact): http://www.imagebam.com/gallery/ffcf21b ... 1cebaa18f6

The film's press-kit (again, some broken images, but mostly all there): http://www.imagebam.com/gallery/cabd4bd ... 18ae82aae5
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