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Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, and Christian Borle Get Ready for Little Shop of Horrors

The classic musical returns to New York in a new off-Broadway production.

Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, and Christian Borle will star in Little Shop of Horrors.
(© David Gordon)

The cast of Little Shop of Horrors met the press on September 3. Previews begin September 17 ahead of an October 17 opening at the Westside Theatre off-Broadway.

Directed by Michael Mayer, Little Shop of Horrors stars Jonathan Groff as Seymour, Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard as Audrey, and two-time Tony winner Christian Borle as Orin Scrivello D.D.S. The cast alsos include Tom Alan Robbins as Mushnik, Kingsley Leggs as the Voice of Audrey II, Ari Groover as Ronnette, Salome Smith as Crystal, and Joy Woods as Chiffon. Rounding out the company are Stephen Berger, Chris Dwan, Kris Roberts, Chelsea Turbin, Eric Wright, and Teddy Yudain. Gideon Glick will play Seymour November 5-17.

Kingsley Leggs and Tom Alan Robbins play Audrey II and Mushnik, respectively.
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The creative team includes choreographer Ellenore Scott, scenic designer Julian Crouch, lighting designer Bradley King, costume designer Tom Broecker, sound designer Jessica Paz, puppet designer Nicholas Mahon, puppets by Monkey Boys Productions, and music supervisor, orchestrator, and arranger Will Van Dyke.

With this run, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's beloved musical will return to its roots, having premiered off-Broadway in 1982 before being revived on Broadway in 2003 and at New York City Center in 2015. The intimate production will offer "an unprecedented opportunity to get close — maybe too close — to an incredible plant with an insatiable appetite."

Salome Smith, Joy Woods, and Ari Groover play the Urchins.
(© David Gordon)