From Stage to Silver Screen: Top 15 Movie Musicals of the Last 50 Years

By Ben Rimalower
14 Sep 2013



Ellen Greene

7. "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986, directed by Frank Oz)

Little Shop of Horrors is such a perfect musical as to be an anomaly in its time. In the 80s, the successful shows were big, impersonal pop operas, not quirky little musical comedies. Nonetheless, Little Shop ran for years Off-Broadway and, despite the film's rocky reception and unimpressive box office performance, "Little Shop of Horrors," like "Annie," triumphed in the home video market, fully establishing itself an essential part of contemporary pop culture, thanks in part also to its extreme suitability for amateur productions where it has become a staple everywhere. The vast majority of women (and girls) cast in the role of Audrey play the part in the same style as Ellen Greene's unforgettable original, and this wide reach of her iconic portrayal must be credited to the movie (in which she recreated her role) as well.  Continued...