Bop-She-Bop: Little Shop Gets Cast Album Come Fall

News   Bop-She-Bop: Little Shop Gets Cast Album Come Fall DRG Records will record the new Broadway cast album of Little Shop of Horrors, with the company expected to go into the studio before the musical's opening, for a release in early October.

Hugh Fordin, DRG's president, will produce the disc of the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman score, with composer Menken serving as executive producer. Fordin said he is aiming for an Oct. 7 release.

Featuring direction by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Kathleen Marshall, Little Shop of Horrors begins previews at the Virginia Theatre Aug. 29 with an official opening set for Oct. 2.

The cast of the musical spoof of B-grade horror films includes Hunter Foster — the lone holdover from the musical's Florida engagement — as Seymour; Kerry Butler as Audrey; Douglas Sills as Orin Scrivello, DDS; Michael Leon Wooley as the Voice of Audrey II; and Rob Bartlett as Mushnik, with Carla J. Hargrove as Ronnette, Trisha Jeffrey as Crystal and Dequina Moore as Chiffon.

The giant man-eating plant designed by the Jim Henson Workshop will be puppeteered by Martin P. Robinson, Anthony Asbury, Bill Remington and Matt Vogel. Robinson designed the plant that was used during the musical's original Off-Broadway run 20 years ago.

The original production of Little Shop of Horrors opened at the old WPA Theatre in Chelsea and then transferred to the Orpheum Theatre in 1982, where it stayed for 2,209 performances. Ashman, who died on March 14, 1991, directed the piece. Edie Cowan was choreographer. The musical, which boasts such tunes as "Suddenly Seymour," "Downtown" and "Somewhere That's Green," was made into a 1986 film starring Ellen Greene as Audrey, Rick Moranis as Seymour, Vincent Gardenia as Mushnik and Steve Martin as Orin, the dentist. The Virginia Theatre is located at 245 West 52nd Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by logging on to www.telecharge.com.

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