Premiering off-off-Broadway in 1982, "Little Shop of Horrors" would rise from humble beginnings to become one of the most iconic examples of the Broadway Dark Comedy.
The story presents a familiar twist of the Faustian trope: Seymour, a hapless and downtrodden florist shop worker, discovers a mysterious plant that seems to reverse his misfortune. Alas, for Seymour, the plant in question turns out to be his very own Mephistopheles, sending him down a road to perdition which will impact all of those around him. Framed by a deeply infectious score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's charming and well-timed libretto has enchanted audiences for more than 4 decades.
Join Professor Gil Harel as he takes us inside the score of this memorable show, using the piano to showcase moments of irresistible melodiousness and charm.
About the Presenter
Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western classical repertoire to jazz and musical theater. Previously, he served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College (where he was awarded the prestigious "Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching").
Currently, he is Professor of Music at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he has been presented with the AFT "Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College" for 4 consecutive years. In 2020, he was honored with the coveted Connecticut Board of Regents (BOR) Teaching Award. At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions.