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Crystal,Ronette,Chiffon (Little Shop)

From left to right - Crystal, Chiffon & Ronnette in the opening number of the 1986 movie

Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon, are the three narrators of Little Shop of Horrors. They appear in just about every song in the movie acting as a "Greek Chorus". They are notable as the only characters who know what's going on from the beginning to end.

1986 Movie

In this movie, they appeared, at least as harmonies, in just about every song, except perhaps "Mean Green Mother from Outerspace". It is questionable whether they are really there, meaning when characters can see them. the only time it is 100% confirmed they are there is when they appear as street urchins, warning Audrey that Orin Scrivello, D.D.S is wrong for her. During the song Suppertime, it appears that they are telling Seymour to get Mushnik to go inside of the Audrey II plant. This adds a bit more to their characters and their intentions.

Crystal is played by Tichina Arnold, Ronnette is played by Michelle Weeks and Chiffon is played by Tisha Campbell; all of whom lent their singing talents to the roles.

Original Script Character Description

The original script offers a character description of Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon as follows:

"Three black female street urchins who function as participants in the action and a Greek Chorus outside it. They're young, hip, smart, and the only people in the whole cast who really know what's going on. In their 'Greek Chorus' capacity, they occasionally sing to the audience directly. And when they do, it's often with a 'secret-smile' that says: 'we know something you don't know'"[1]

Little Shop

Little Shop of Horrors Cartoon - The Dim Bulbs (Crystal, Ronette & Chiffon)

The Dim Bulbs, the cartoon's Greek chorus

The animated TV series was not a licensed spin-off of the musical (instead it was authorized by Roger Corman, who'd created the original film), therefore they could not officially use the same Greek chorus. However, there was a group of singing flowers providing back-up vocals on most songs which were clearly inspired by Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon. Several shows included a larger choir of floret, but most included just three, who did not have individual names but were referred to as The Dim Bulbs.

Trivia

Both Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell starred in the sitcoms Martin and Everybody Hates Chris.

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References

  1. Ashman, Howard (1982). "Little Shop Of Horrors", p. 9. Samuel French, Inc. New York. ISBN 0573681821