It always struck me when I listened to the Broadway revival CD that the first number (“Little Shop of Horrors”) seemed incredibly long. Furthermore, I find it boring.

The rule in theatre is “you never get a second chance to create a first impression” and I feel this opening number fails this. Furthermore, I have seen versions on YouTube where the Doo-Wop Girls are just ‘doing it for themselves’ and not engaging the audience.

So I checked my Libretto and, sure enough, the Broadway version has almost doubled the length of the song!

That’s not good. Another rule: “Leave them wanting more”.

So I have edited the Broadway track to conform with the Libretto and to bring it back to its original length and it feels so much better and here it is.  You can play it HERE and right-click it to download it (‘Save link as …’).

 
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