Watch the Urchins Shine in Exclusive LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Cut Song Music Video


(L-R): Ari Groover, Tiffany Renee Thompson, and Khadija Sankoh

Dan Meyer
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December 9, 2022 10:00 AM

Scream “Give the Urchins the spotlight they deserve, you cowards!” and the meek shall inherit. In an exclusive music video, Theatrely has partnered with Little Shop of Horrors to create a music video set to a cut song from the musical.

“Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon” is performed by Tiffany Renee Thompson, Ari Groover, and Khadija Sankoh. The song, written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman, was originally part of the show as exit music to be played as the audience left the theatre.

“Howard Ashman adored the girl groups of the 1960s and the Urchins were as close as he was ever going to get to writing for the Ronettes or any of the other fabulous ensembles of that era,” says Sarah Gillespie, sister of Howard and co-manager of the estate with his surviving partner Bill Lauch. “This song is an homage to all the bygone greats of that singular time in American music.”

The music video is directed, shot, and edited by Brandon Schwartz, with choreography by Ellenore Scott and Jeffrey Gugliotti, and scenic design by Julian Crouch. It was filmed at Manhattan’s Westside Theatre, where Little Shop of Horrors has been playing since it opened in 2019. The track is produced, arranged, and orchestrated by Will Van Dyke and engineered and mixed by Derek Lee.

Little Shop of Horrors currently stars Tony winners Matt Doyle and Lena Hall as Seymour and Audrey, respectively. The cast also features Andrew Call as Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., Tony nominee Brad Oscar as Mushnik, Aaron Arnell Harrington as The Voice of Audrey II, Ari Groover as Ronnette, Tiffany Renee Thompson as Crystal, and Khadija Sankoh as Chiffon. Josh Daniel, Camryn Hampton, Michael Iannucci, Weston Chandler Long, Chelsea Turbin, and Teddy Yudain round out the ensemble.

The musical, featuring a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and music by Alan Menken, is directed by Michael Mayer. It follows Seymour, a down-on-his-luck florist with a crush on his co-worker (who is dating a sadistic dentist). When he befriends a mysterious—and blood-thirsty—plant, an epic battle unfolds that will determine the fate of the entire human race.

The production features choreography by Ellenore Scott, scenic design by Julian Crouch, lighting design by Bradley King, costume design by Tom Broecker, sound design by Jessica Paz, puppet designer by Nicholas Mahon, (based on original puppet design by Martin P. Robinson), puppets by Monkey Boys Productions, hair and makeup design by Tommy Kurzman, and music supervision by Will Van Dyke. Casting is by Jim Carnahan.

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.