Little Shop of Horrors: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert



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Josh Rogosin | May 6, 2022
Composer Alan Menken beams with pride as he introduces the Little Shop of Horrors Tiny Desk (home) concert. May 6, 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the show’s first production. Menken is joined by the stellar cast of the current off-Broadway revival, which swept the Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Drama League Awards for Best Musical Revival. They perform a joyful medley of five earworm-filled tunes from the cult classic. Over the course of the tiny concert, Menken shares anecdotes about collaborating with the show’s late lyricist Howard Ashman. It’s obvious how much they loved working together hearing him reminisce.

It may come as a surprise when the composer sits down at the piano to sing “Somewhere That’s Green,” one of the most iconic songs usually performed by the show’s female lead. It’s a melody he admits you might recognize from The Little Mermaid. “This is one of the first songs Howard and I wrote for Little Shop,” Menken explains. “It’s kind of the classic ‘I want’ song, a phrase that Howard [Ashman] would use a lot, especially when we would talk endlessly about our Disney movies. … When we wrote ‘Part of Your World’ we actually jokingly called it ‘Somewhere That’s Wet.'” Good artists copy; great artists steal (from themselves, if they’re smart).

The joy the cast shares while performing these wonderful songs with their composer is palpable. If you find yourself planning a trip to New York, do yourself a favor and book tickets to this heartfelt production, which should run at the Westside Theatre for a long time to come.

SET LIST
“Skid Row (Downtown)”
“Feed Me (Git It!)”
“Somewhere That’s Green”
“Dentist!”
“Suddenly Seymour”

MUSICIANS
MUSIC BY: Alan Menken
LYRICS BY: Howard Ashman

CAST
Conrad Ricamora
Tammy Blanchard
Christian Borle
Aaron Arnell Harrington
Stuart Zagnit
Tatiana Lofton
Cristina Raé
Khadija Sankoh

BAND
Alan Menken: piano, vocals
Will Van Dyke: piano
Dena Tauriello: drums
Nate Brown: guitar
Mark Verdino: bass

CREDITS
Video: Philip Atlas, Harry McFann, Kayhl Cooper
Audio: Frank Wolf, Ben Fusel, Spencer Dennis
Music Director: Will Van Dyke
Orchestrations & Arrangements: Will Van Dyke
Staging: Michael Mayer & Austin Regan
Production Services: Vivacity Media Group
Video Production: SpotCo
Special Thanks: Rob Ahrens, Hunter Arnold, Tom Kirdhay, Live Wire Theatrical, Michael Aarons, Leslie Papa, Whitney Holden Gore, Macy Sullivan, Maura Consedine, Tyler Talmage, Maddox Martin, Molly Seidel

TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Josh Rogosin
Video Producer: Michael Zamora
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Animation: Kaz Fantone
Art Direction: Nicole Werbeck
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Maia Stern, Ashley Pointer
VP, NPR Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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32 comments

  1. One of my favorite musicals of all times. I annoyed my parents with wanting to watch this so much as a kid. I absolutely loved all of this. I loved listening to how it was created. Thanks NPR and Tiny desk, and a big thanks to LSOH

  2. I listened to this in my home studio and was absolutely blown away. It felt like the cast members really put all their heart into these characters and their songs.
    I want to give a special shout to the production team behind this – I was really impressed with the home concert setup and the mix sounded great. Major props on production quality 💖

  3. Everything about this video makes me so happy. I’m a Little Shop fanatic, and songs with Seymour starring are some of my biggest comfort songs. I’ve seen this video at least 20 times in the past 2 days…and I’m not ashamed. I’m obsessed…especially with Conrad (Seymour) and Aaron (Audrey II) they don’t get enough recognition 💚

  4. I love your musical. When I was 9 years old, back in Vsetin, Czech Republic, I was the only one constantly borrowing the WHS and so the shop gifted it to me a year later or so… 🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ You absolutely amazingly influenced my artistic evolution. I loved and still love the music, the humour… everything. And so this year it is 30 years since I first saw it.

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