Little Shop of Horrors: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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I admit I thought this might be cringe-worthy, but ended up enjoying it way more than I thought I would.

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

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

#NPRMusic # TinyDesk #LittleShopOfHorrors

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55 comments
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Belafon  May 8, 2022 • 6:04:43pm

One of the main characters in The Great North is gay. Today’s episode had him feeling a little down because his announcement to his family didn’t get much of a reaction (as his dad said later, he didn’t want the reaction to be seen as negative, especially since they all knew before then), so the family and his boyfriend went to go find and estranged aunt to try to get a reaction. Hilarity ensued, or at least as much as the show pulls off.

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ckkatz  May 8, 2022 • 6:17:41pm
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Decatur Deb  May 8, 2022 • 6:22:14pm

re: #2 ckkatz

If true (probably is), Putin can’t fake the consequences any longer. Go fuck yourself, Russian mobilization.

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ckkatz  May 8, 2022 • 6:22:44pm
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ckkatz  May 8, 2022 • 6:34:26pm

Good Grief!

Any bets as to where in DC they will head to? Like maybe where there are lots of cameras and a foil?

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Charles Johnson  May 8, 2022 • 6:36:47pm
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Belafon  May 8, 2022 • 6:37:28pm

Further details: Ncuti Gatwa, the guy who will be the next Doctor, is gay.

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Decatur Deb  May 8, 2022 • 6:40:49pm

re: #7 Belafon

Further details: Ncuti Gatwa, the guy who will be the next Doctor, is gay.

Any indication that any of the Doctors weren’t gay?

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retired cynic  May 8, 2022 • 6:40:51pm

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Dopamine Fish  May 8, 2022 • 6:41:33pm

re: #8 Decatur Deb

Any indication that any of the Doctors weren’t gay?

It’s actually implied that the Doctor is likely bisexual, if anything.

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Decatur Deb  May 8, 2022 • 6:43:35pm

re: #10 Dopamine Fish

It’s actually implied that the Doctor is likely bisexual, if anything.

That would be the Doctors and the TeleTubbies, then.

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Belafon  May 8, 2022 • 6:44:19pm

re: #11 Decatur Deb

That would be the Doctors and the TeleTubbies, then.

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Belafon  May 8, 2022 • 6:48:20pm

BTW, this was on SNL last night. It’s a perfect spoof of Pink Floyd, Dead Poet’s Society, and Koehler commercials:

Youtube Video

Plus, I love it when Brits especially do something you would not expect.

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  May 8, 2022 • 6:49:05pm

re: #12 Belafon

Longtime fans recognized that as a call back to this scene.

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William Lewis  May 8, 2022 • 6:51:36pm

re: #2 ckkatz

Read the whole thread - there’s evidence of good ol’ photoshop in action.

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I Would Prefer Not To  May 8, 2022 • 6:55:56pm

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The Pie Overlord!  May 8, 2022 • 6:58:14pm

Now that I think about it, “Little Shop of Horrors” has a really racist undertone of “Black People Getting Mad & Scaring White Folks” that is epitomized in this song:

Youtube Video

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William Lewis  May 8, 2022 • 7:04:53pm

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(((Archangel1)))  May 8, 2022 • 7:20:45pm
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The Pie Overlord!  May 8, 2022 • 7:23:19pm

The LSOH clip posted above contains the original ending, not the “happy ending” of the official movie release.

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A Mom Anon  May 8, 2022 • 7:33:43pm

Hey there Lizards

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calochortus  May 8, 2022 • 7:39:35pm

re: #21 A Mom Anon

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retired cynic  May 8, 2022 • 7:49:14pm

re: #21 A Mom Anon

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 8, 2022 • 7:54:07pm

And this man may become President yet AGAIN.

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DodgerFan1988  May 8, 2022 • 8:07:49pm
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Thanos  May 8, 2022 • 8:13:47pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  May 8, 2022 • 8:15:03pm

re: #25 DodgerFan1988

Thankfully, that kind of thing would never happen here.

Oh wait…

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CleverToad  May 8, 2022 • 8:33:26pm

re: #21 A Mom Anon

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A Mom Anon  May 8, 2022 • 8:35:10pm

re: #23 retired cynic

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A Mom Anon  May 8, 2022 • 8:37:25pm

re: #28 CleverToad

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Targetpractice  May 8, 2022 • 8:40:53pm

re: #2 ckkatz

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Looks like those who predicted “Putin declares war” may win the bet.

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Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion  May 8, 2022 • 8:42:54pm

re: #31 Targetpractice

Looks like those who predicted “Putin declares war” may win the bet.

So he can run out of ammo and equipment, and piss off everyone in the country even faster?

Please proceed.

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Targetpractice  May 8, 2022 • 8:52:00pm

re: #32 Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion

So he can run out of ammo and equipment, and piss off everyone in the country even faster?

Please proceed.

Apparently it’s finally gotten through to him that his generals saying that they’ve no manpower to hold the Donbas and Southern Ukraine means there’s no manpower to hold them. What he hasn’t yet seemed to understand is throwing barely trained conscripts into aged, decrepit tanks is only going to increase the speed of the meat grinder.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 8, 2022 • 8:52:46pm

re: #32 Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion

re: #31 Targetpractice

It strikes me that this Ukraine thing has to start coming to some obvious end in the next month.

Is not Putin going in for surgery? Will he survive? Does he trust his doctors?

And for how long can Russia use their foreign currency reserves to buy stuff from the few countries that still trade with them? I guess China is the largest, but I have to doubt that Chinese companies will want to give Russian lines of credit (i.e., ship goods without payment.)

Either Putin has to ramp up some big time military effort to conscript hundreds of thousands, or the Russians just have to go home in defeat.

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Targetpractice  May 8, 2022 • 8:59:27pm

re: #34 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

It strikes me that this Ukraine thing has to start coming to some obvious end in the next month.

Is not Putin going in for surgery? Will he survive? Does he trust his doctors?

And for how long can Russia use their foreign currency reserves to buy stuff from the few countries that still trade with them? I guess China is the largest, but I have to doubt that Chinese companies will want to give Russian lines of credit (i.e., ship goods without payment.)

Either Putin has to ramp up some big time military effort to conscript hundreds of thousands, or the Russians just have to go home in defeat.

Best predictions I saw last week were that Russia had 2-4 weeks of offensive operations left in them, and then they were going to be totally spent in terms of manpower and materiel. To paraphrase Max Brooks from World War Z, it’s easy to create an army. You just grab a bunch of men, put them in identical uniforms, give each one a sharpened stick, then point them at an enemy while yelling “KILL!” Problem is this isn’t WWII, it’s not Korea, and it’s not even Vietnam.

Everybody talks about how the USSR turned the tide of war and ended up burying the Nazis with sheer numbers, but what that overshadows is that most every war that Russia and the USSR fought during the 20th century ended up being a shitshow. From the Russo-Japanese War to Afghanistan, the only time the Russians can seem to win is when somebody else is footing the bill.

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jaunte  May 8, 2022 • 9:06:54pm
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jaunte  May 8, 2022 • 9:07:17pm
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sagehen  May 8, 2022 • 9:12:58pm

re: #34 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

It strikes me that this Ukraine thing has to start coming to some obvious end in the next month.

Is not Putin going in for surgery? Will he survive? Does he trust his doctors?

I seem to remember a scene from La Femme Nikita when the agency’s top guy is undergoing surgery, and his 2iC is in the OR with weapons, having informed the surgeon “if he dies you die. if he lives you live.”

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Hecuba's daughter  May 8, 2022 • 9:19:26pm

re: #21 A Mom Anon

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Sherlock Hound  May 8, 2022 • 9:27:13pm

re: #21 A Mom Anon

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(((Archangel1)))  May 8, 2022 • 9:32:18pm

Or both. Forgot to include that.

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Targetpractice  May 8, 2022 • 9:32:51pm

re: #37 jaunte

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Yeah, after literal decades of mindless recitations of “Tree of Liberty” or trading around totally fictional quotes about “tyranny,” “freedom,” and the governments fearing their people, all while pundits either looked the other way or even praised such acts (until it got somebody killed, then it was BSAB “violent rhetoric”), I feel right in telling the lot of them to fuck off. I mean, if they want us to act in the tradition of our Founding Fathers in respecting the traditional forms of political discourse, I’m all for bringing back tarring and feathering…

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Sherlock Hound  May 8, 2022 • 9:34:15pm

re: #25 DodgerFan1988

Kamil Galeev posted a Twitter thread about this early in the war.

He called it a sort of “necropolitics”. The Russians have no future, so they can only look to the past.

This is why I hate veteran worship. The Russians have only intensified what, and how, MAGA’s feel about the troops. Americans have dressed up like this on the 4th, of course. Russia just does it harder!

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jaunte  May 8, 2022 • 9:34:25pm

re: #42 Targetpractice

I don’t think they’ve really thought through the consequences of making every woman in the country an outlaw.

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Captain Ron  May 8, 2022 • 9:35:36pm

NSFW

YouTube

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jaunte  May 8, 2022 • 9:35:37pm

Reap the whirlwind, fools.

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Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion  May 8, 2022 • 9:39:32pm

re: #43 Sherlock Hound

Kamil Galeev posted a Twitter thread about this early in the war.

He called it a sort of “necropolitics”. The Russians have no future, so they can only look to the past.

This is why I hate veteran worship. The Russians have only intensified what, and how, MAGA’s feel about the troops. Americans have dressed up like this on the 4th, of course. Russia just does it harder!

That they are suckers and losers? That’s what Clownstick thinks of them. Also, Putin put bounties on them and he didn’t even mention it. Not even to say he didn’t care.

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Targetpractice  May 8, 2022 • 9:39:41pm

re: #41 (((Archangel1)))

Or both. Forgot to include that.

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Meanwhile, in the real world, Pizza Hut was a company in decline even before the pandemic, but was especially hit hard because they put more focus on their restaurants compared to competitors like Dominos that only offer delivery or take-out. I’m sure you can find any number of former PH restaurants that are now abandoned due to COVID.

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William Lewis  May 8, 2022 • 9:40:20pm
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jaunte  May 8, 2022 • 9:43:04pm
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Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion  May 8, 2022 • 9:45:01pm

re: #35 Targetpractice

Although the Russians are trying to soft land their sovereign debt obligation problems by playing 3 card monty, I’m reasonably sure my statement that this will be over before the end of summer still stands.

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Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion  May 8, 2022 • 9:50:57pm

re: #48 Targetpractice

Meanwhile, in the real world, Pizza Hut was a company in decline even before the pandemic, but was especially hit hard because they put more focus on their restaurants compared to competitors like Dominos that only offer delivery or take-out. I’m sure you can find any number of former PH restaurants that are now abandoned due to COVID.

I used to work for them in days of yore (the 90s) and even then PH was moving away from having the “Red Roof” restaurants to focus on delivery and carry-out orders. They weren’t mass closing them, but they didn’t open any more. COVID has little or nothing to do with it.

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Sherlock Hound  May 8, 2022 • 9:55:30pm

re: #52 Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion

I used to work for them in days of yore (the 90s) and even then PH was moving away from having the “Red Roof” restaurants even then to focus on delivery and carry-out orders. They weren’t mass closing them, but they didn’t open any more. COVID has little or nothing to do with it.

There was a PH briefly in Salem, Mass., in the early 1990’s. I went there a few times. It has been a sports bar for many years. (Unlike Boston, which had a very noticeable COVID recession, my town didn’t lose any business and our vacancy rate never changed.)

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William Lewis  May 8, 2022 • 10:26:30pm

re: #52 Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion

I used to work for them in days of yore (the 90s) and even then PH was moving away from having the “Red Roof” restaurants to focus on delivery and carry-out orders. They weren’t mass closing them, but they didn’t open any more. COVID has little or nothing to do with it.

The local one here went under when the long time (ie competent) manager passed away unexpectedly and her replacements went from bad to worse. It was gone before the pandemic and locally owned shops more than picked up the slack.

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BigPapa  May 8, 2022 • 11:24:33pm

re: #26 Thanos

That slaps hard. Goosebumps.


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