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Full Cast Announced for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; Begins Sept. 17 at Westside Theatre
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:47 am EDT 08/16/19

COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED

FOR THE OFF-BROADWAY RETURN OF

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

BOOK & LYRICS BY HOWARD ASHMAN

MUSIC BY ALAN MENKEN

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL MAYER

PREVIEWS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 17
OPENING NIGHT OCTOBER 17
TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH NOVEMBER 24 ONLY

AT THE WESTSIDE THEATRE

180 FRONT-ROW SEATS FOR PREVIEW PERFORMANCES TO BE RELEASED
IN CELEBRATION OF BOX OFFICE OPENING
MONDAY, AUGUST 19 AT 12:00 PM AT THE WESTSIDE THEATRE

FIRST 25 PATRONS WILL RECEIVE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO TAKE HOME AND FEED AT THEIR OWN RISK

The producers of the Off-Broadway return of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s landmark musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS are thrilled to announce the complete cast for the production opening this fall at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd St.). Joining previously-announced stars Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Seymour), Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard as Audrey; and two-time Tony winner Christian Borle as Orin Scrivello D.D.S. are Tom Alan Robbins (The Lion King, Head Over Heels) as Mushnik; Kingsley Leggs (Sister Act, The Color Purple) as The Voice of Audrey II; Ari Groover (Alice By Heart, Head Over Heels) as Ronnette; Salome Smith (The Wiz at Lyric Stage Co) as Crystal; and newcomer Joy Woods as Chiffon. Rounding out the cast are Stephen Berger, Chris Dwan, Kris Roberts, Chelsea Turbin, Eric Wright, and Teddy Yudain. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot), the production begins previews Tuesday, September 17, with an official opening night of Thursday, October 17, at the Westside Theatre. Tickets are available now at Telecharge.com, through November 24 only.

The box office at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd St., between 9th & 10th Aves.) will open at 12 PM EST on Monday, August 19, where 180 front-row tickets during previews will be exclusively available for purchase (limit six per person). The first 25 people in line will also receive something special to take home and feed at their own risk.

Seymour is a down-on-his-luck florist with a crush on his co-worker Audrey. When he discovers a mysterious – and voracious – plant, suddenly Seymour and Audrey are thrust into an epic battle that will determine the fate of the entire human race. With a book and lyrics by Grammy and Academy Award winner Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), and music by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Aladdin, Newsies), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS first premiered Off-Broadway in 1982, where it made audiences laugh, scream, and give up gardening for good. The musical has since catapulted into a global phenomenon, with productions across the world from Broadway to London’s West End, to Asia and Australia – plus a hit 1986 film adaptation directed by Frank Oz that starred Rick Moranis, Ellen Green and Steve Martin. Now, the musical makes its highly-anticipated return home to Off-Broadway, in an intimate new production directed by Michael Mayer that offers an unprecedented opportunity to get close — maybe too close — to an incredible plant with an insatiable appetite.

Joining Mayer on the creative team are Choreographer Ellenore Scott (Head Over Heels Associate), Tony-nominated Scenic Designer Julian Crouch (Hedwig and the Angry Inch); Two-time Tony-winning Lighting Designer Bradley King (Hadestown, Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812); Emmy-winning Costume Designer Tom Broecker (Everyday Rapture); Tony-winning Sound Designer Jessica Paz (Hadestown); Emmy-nominated Puppet Designer Nicholas Mahon (Pyeongchang Olympics Opening Ceremony); Puppets by Monkey Boys Productions; and Music Supervisor, Orchestrator & Arranger Will Van Dyke (Pretty Woman). Casting is by Jim Carnahan, CSA, and General Management is by Live Wire Theatrical/ Chris Aniello.

Producing the musical are Tom Kirdahy, Robert Ahrens, Hunter Arnold, Mickey Liddell, Caiola Productions, Curt Cronin, John Joseph, Desantis-Baugh Productions, Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, Wendy Federman, Roy Furman, Deborah Green, Kayla Greenspan, Eric Gelb, Marguerite Hoffman, Sally Cade Holmes, Latitude Link, Oliver Roth, Seriff Productions, and Silva Theatrical Group.

TICKETS AND PLAYING SCHEDULE

Tickets through November 24are now on sale at Telecharge.com/212-239-6200 (outside NY metro area: 800-432-7250). The Westside Theatre Box Office will open on Monday, August 19 at noon for in-person ticket purchases. Box office hours will be Wednesday-Monday, 12-6PM (or final curtain on show days). Previews begin September 17, 2019. The preview playing schedule for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is Monday–Saturday at 8PM, with Saturday matinees at 2PM. Beginning October 18, the regular playing schedule will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM & 8PM, Fridays at 8PM and Sundays at 3PM. For performances Nov 5 – Nov 17, Jonathan Groff will not perform the role of Seymour.

BIOGRAPHIES

TOM ALAN ROBBINS (Mushnik) Broadway: Head Over Heels, The Lion King (Pumbaa), Newsies, Is He Dead?, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Threepenny Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Once Upon a Mattress. Off-Broadway: Brooklynite, The Government Inspector, On The Verge, Isn’t It Romantic, The Cradle Will Rock, Henry V (Public Theatre), King Lear. The Shakespeare Theatre: Midsummer (Bottom). Denver Center: The Whale (Charlie). Tours: Les Miserables (Thenardier), Fiddler (Tevye). Encores: I Married An Angel, 1776, Music in the Air, Pardon My English, Tenderloin.

KINGSLEY LEGGS (The Voice of Audrey II) Kingsley has appeared on Broadway in Sister Act, The Color Purple, Miss Saigon and most recently Pretty Woman. National and International tours include Porgy and Bess, Sister Act, Miss Saigon, Ragtime, It Ain’t Nothing but the Blues and Forbidden Hollywood. Regional credits include American Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue, Goodman Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Alliance Theatre, and Baltimore Centerstage. Film: Hello Again. TV: “The Americans,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order SVU.”

ARI GROOVER (Ronnette) Broadway: Head Over Heels, Holler If Ya Hear Me. Off Bway: Bare The Musical. Choreography: Burn All Night (A.R.T.), In the Heights (NYU). Film: Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony), In The Heights (Warner Bros.) TV: “Law & Order: SVU”. Ari is a DJ who goes by "Ari Grooves”. www.arigrooves.com

SALOME SMITH (Crystal, u/s The Voice of Audrey II) from Birmingham, Alabama is making her New York Debut! Regional: Dorothy in The Wiz (TUTS, Lyric Stage), Five Points (Goodspeed) Additional: Julie in Carousel and various concerts at 54 Below. Alabama State and BoCo MFA Alum.

JOY WOODS (Chiffon) Off-Broadway Debut! Recent AMDA graduate. Don’t feed the plants! IG: @joynwoods

CHRIS DWAN (Ensemble; u/s Seymour, Orin et al.) New York: Finding Neverland (OBC), Enter Laughing (The York Theatre), Scarlet Pimpernel (Lincoln Center), The Old Boy (Keen Company). Select regional: How to Succeed (TUTS), Big Fish (Theatre Raleigh), Barry Manilow’s Harmony (Alliance/CTG). TV: Royal Pains (USA), One Bad Choice (MTV). Chris is one half of the indie-pop band ‘Stereo Dawn.’ www.chrisdwan.com @blackdwan

KRIS ROBERTS (Ensemble; u/s Chiffon, Crystal, Ronnette) is grateful to be a part of the Little Shop company! B’way: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Tour: Beautiful, Fame (Carmen). Regional: Once On This Island (Ti Moune), Sister Act (Tina/Deloris u/s), Dreamgirls (Michelle), Ain't Misbehavin' (Charlayne), Royal Caribbean. NYU/Tisch. www.krisroberts.net @KrisRoberts22

CHELSEA TURBIN (Ensemble, u/s Audrey) Off-Broadway debut! First Int'l Tour: American Idiot (Heather u/s). Regional: Chess (The Kennedy Center), Gypsy (Sacramento Music Circus), Thoroughly Modern Millie (The MUNY), Hairspray (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Mame (Riverside Theatre), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Florida Studio Theatre). TV: "The Perfect Murder."

ERIC WRIGHT (Ensemble) performance credits include: Compulsion (The Public), Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera), The Firebird (City Center), Alice in Wonderland (New York City Opera), Disfarmer (St. Ann's Warehouse), Peter and Wendy (Arena Stage), Petrushka (Lincoln Center), Hiroshima Maiden (St. Ann's Warehouse). Co-founder and President of Puppet Kitchen International, www.puppetkitchen.com

TEDDY YUDAIN (Derelict, Ensemble) Select credits: Little Shop of Horrors (Cape Playhouse), Madama Butterfly (u/s) (The Metropolitan Opera), The Little Match Girl (Spoleto Festival USA), El Gato Con Botas (Gotham Chamber Opera/Tectonic Theatre Project), The Apple Boys (HERE Arts Center), Unnecessary Farce (Mason Street Warehouse). BFA: UConn, www.teddyyudain.com, @teddy_yudain

STEPHEN BERGER (u/s Mushnik) Broadway: Kinky Boots, Little Me, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, True West, The Dinner Party, Into the Woods, and The Pajama Game. Off Broadway: Wonderful Town (NYC Opera); Desperate Writers, Being Audrey; A New Brain; That's Life; Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh; Isn’t It Romantic, and Night Club Confidential.

JONATHAN GROFF (Seymour) will next be seen reprising his role as FBI Agent “Holden Ford” in the second season of David Fincher’s critically-acclaimed series, "Mindhunter," which returns to Netflix on Friday, August 16th. On November 22nd, Groff will return as the voice of “Kristoff” in Disney’s highly anticipated “Frozen 2,” the sequel to Disney’s smash-hit film. Groff is also known for his leading work in the HBO series and television film “Looking.” In 2018, Groff appeared as Bobby Darin in the “The Bobby Darin Story” at the 92nd Street Y. He previously received a 2016 Tony Award nomination for his performance as King George III in the Pulitzer Prize winning production of Hamilton on Broadway, which also won 11 Tony Awards that year. Groff made his Broadway debut as Melchior in Spring Awakening, for which he received a Theatre World Award, as well as Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations. His Off-Broadway credits include A New Brain (Encores!), Hamilton, The Bacchae, and Hair (The Public Theater); The Submission (MCC Theatre); and Craig Lucas’ The Singing Forest and Prayer for My Enemy (Obie Award). He starred in Deathtrap on the West End and in Red in Los Angeles. Additional film credits include American Sniper, Frozen, C.O.G., The Conspirator, Twelve Thirty, and Taking Woodstock. Additional television credits include: “Glee,” “The Good Wife” and “The Normal Heart.”

TAMMY BLANCHARD (Audrey) has won a Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of young Judy Garland in “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows” and was Golden Globe and AFI nominated for that performance. She received a 2011 Tony Award nomination for her performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and was previously Tony nominated for her Broadway debut in Gypsy opposite Bernadette Peters, for which she received a Theater World Award. Most recently, she starred opposite Denzel Washington in the revival of The Iceman Cometh. Film credits include "Tallulah", "Into The Woods", "Blue Jasmine" ,"Moneyball", "The Good Shepherd", "Bella", "Cadillac Records", "Rabbit Hole", "The Music Never Stopped", "Certainty", "Union Square" and "Burning Blue”, and more. Television credits include “Dare Me” (USA), "Hoke" (FX) “The Big C”, “A Gifted Man”, “We Were the Mulvaneys,” “Sybil,” “Living Proof,” “Amish Grace,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU”, “Guiding Light”, and the original Lifetime TV movie, “Of Two Minds”. Next, Tammy can be seen in the upcoming Mister Rogers biopic "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” opposite Tom Hanks & Matthew Rhys.

CHRISTIAN BORLE (Orin Scrivello D.D.S.), a two-time Tony Award-winning Actor/Director, Christian won for Best Featured Actor in a Musical as "Shakespeare" in Something Rotten! (Drama Desk win), and Best Featured Actor in a Play as "Black Stache" in Peter and the Starcatcher (Drama Desk nom.). Additional Broadway credits: Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Amour, Spamalot (Drama Desk nom.), Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde (Tony/Drama Desk noms.), Falsettos (Tony nom.), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Christian appeared in Michael Mann’s feature Blackhat opposite Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis, and The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Aniston. On TV, he starred in “Masters Of Sex,” “Lifesaver,” and NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live.” Christian played a recurring role on The Good Wife and received across-the-board praise as “Tom” on Smash. Most recently, he signed on as a series regular to the new ABC romantic drama Before the Wedding. In Fall 2018, Christian made his directorial debut with POPCORN FALLS off-Broadway. This July, he directed FOOTLOOSE at the St. Louis Muny.
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