Casting Complete for Encores! Little Shop, Starring Ellen Greene and Jake Gyllenhaal

News   Casting Complete for Encores! Little Shop, Starring Ellen Greene and Jake Gyllenhaal
 
Casting is now complete for New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center production of the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman musical Little Shop of Horrors this July.

As previously reported, Ellen Greene, who created the role of the lovably ditzy Audrey both on stage and screen, will reprise that performance under the direction of Dick Scanlan. Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, who was seen on Broadway earlier this season opposite Ruth Wilson in Constellations, will play down-on-his-luck plant-shop worker Seymour with Taran Killam ("Saturday Night Live") as Orin. The Urchins will be portrayed by Caroline, or Change's Tracy Nicole Chapman (Chiffon), Marva Hicks (Crystal) and Ramona Keller (Ronnette).

Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal

Newly announced for the limited engagement are Eddie Cooper as the Voice of Audrey II and Joe Grifasi as Mushnik. (Eddie Cooper replaces his father Chuck Cooper, who will be starring in the upcoming Broadway musical Amazing Grace.)

Patricia Wilcox will choreograph with musical direction by Chris Fenwick.

Little Shop of Horrors, according to City Center, is a "sci-fi musical about Seymour Krelborn (Jake Gyllenhaal), a hapless florist shop worker who pursues a doomed romance with his ditzy, lovable co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene) by acquiring an R&B-singing plant (Eddie Cooper) that feeds on human blood."

Performances will take place July 1 and 2 at 7:30 PM. Due to ticket demand, a 2 PM matinee has also been added for July 2.

Little Shop of Horrors is based on the 1960 cult movie of the same name. The musical version debuted Off-Broadway at WPA Theatre in 1982 starring Lee Wilkoff and Ellen Greene in a role that would become her signature. A Broadway production was mounted in 2003 co-starring Hunter Foster and Kerry Butler.

Tickets begin at $25. Phone (212) 581-1212 or visit NYCityCenter.org.

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