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The Following Information is non-Canon. Demos and deleted songs are not considered canon to the Little Shop of Horrors musical, as they were not included in the final version of the musical, instead think of them as part of the history of making LSOH.

"All Gone" is a song written by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken during the development of the 1982 stage musical Little Shop of Horrors.

The original finale for the show, in it, the company sings of the destruction of the world and the end of humanity.

Though the song is sung without an introduction sung by Chrystal and Ronette (the character of Chiffon had not yet been added to the show) in the first draft of the script[1], in subsequent drafts[2], an introductory verse, later to be used for "Don't Feed the Plants," was inserted.

All Gone - Alan Menken - Little Shop of Horrors - CUT FINALE

All Gone - Alan Menken - Little Shop of Horrors - CUT FINALE

"All Gone," as sung by Alan Menken during the June 27, 2016 Little Shop of Horrors Reunion: Off-Broadway, Broadway, and Beyond! concert at Feinstein's/54 Below.

During an early reading at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop[3], the consensus on the show by members of the workshop, acting as the audience, was that the show, as it existed at that time, didn't quite work, especially with such a bleak ending. One member related that the ending, and the show, could work if the show was more in line with how The Twilight Zone treated bleak endings, stating:

"[There's] always a moral point. There's always that closing piece by Rod Serling where he says 'Ah ha! You see how selfish these people were, and if people stay this selfish, blah blah blah blah.' [...] If you are going to have the plants take over the world, if you do want the Invasion of the Body Snatchers ending, I would rather the closing number have just an element of that Rod Serling in there. The moral."

"All Gone" was later replaced by "Don't Feed the Plants," which does exactly that.

The melody of "All Gone" would later be reused for the song "Bad Like Me," written for the film adaptation. However, "Bad Like Me" would also later be cut, this time in favor of "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space."

References

  1. Ashman, Howard. Little Shop of Horrors. Undated. Box 11, folder 7. Howard Ashman Papers, Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  2. Ashman, Howard. Little Shop of Horrors. Undated. Box 11, folder 8. Howard Ashman Papers, Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  3. Ashman, Howard; Menken, Alan. Little shop of horrors. BMI session. Howard Ashman audio cassette archive. Library of Congress.