Set in a Failing Floral Shop, the Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman

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Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy musical written by Howard Ashman and composed by Alan Menken. It follows the story of a failing floral shop, Mushnik's Skid Row Florists, in the midst of an extremely poor and under thriving Skid Row. In the middle of the owner and employees lamenting over their misfortunes of no costumers and the woes of living on Skid Row, the owner, Mr. Mushnik, decides to close down the shop. Upon hearing this, an employee, Seymour Krelborn, unveils a plant he has been working on that is supposedly exactly what the shop needs to resurface into business. The plant looks like a large venus fly trap and Seymour names it Audrey II after his fellow employee, Audrey, with whom he is secretly in love with. They place it in…show more content…
Seymour accepts and Orin adopts him. At this point, it is becoming difficult for Seymour to provide Audrey II with enough blood to keep him satisfied. He stops feeding it and then proceeds to find out that his plant can talk. It tells Seymour that if he keeps it fed, he will ensure that all of his dreams come true. Eventually, Seymour accepts because he wishes to save Audrey from the abuse of Orin, and the plant ends up eating Orin. Mushnik reveals that the police are investigating Orin’s death and he accuses Seymour. Seymour, in order to protect his innocence, deceives Mushnik and feeds him to Audrey II. Upon this second death, Seymour is feeling responsible and guilty but refuses to destroy the plant because he is convinced it is earning him Audrey’s love. At night, Audrey returns to the shop in order to check on her Seymour. In his absence, Audrey II begins asking her to feed him. He ends up trying to eat her. In an attempt to try to save Audrey, Seymour pulls her out of the plant’s mouth, but she is far too wounded so she asks Seymour to feed her to the plant when she dies. Seymour realizes that the plant came from an unknown planet to conquer earth. In an attempt to stop him, he tries killing the plant, but is unsuccessful. Eventually, he runs into the plant’s open mouth with a machete and is eaten. Due to the play’s urban qualities and the apparent drabness and poorness of Skid Row, and also due to the failing qualities of the

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