The April 18 performance of the Howard Ashman/Alan Menken musical will benefit the non-profit organization. Tickets, priced at $70 and $100, are now available by calling (212) 221-7300, ext. 133. For more information visit www.actorsfund.org. Directed by Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks with choreography by Kathleen Marshall, the Little Shop company features Hunter Foster as the down-on-his-luck plant shop worker Seymour and Kerry Butler as Audrey, the woman of his dreams, as well as Douglas Sills as Orin Scrivello, Michael Leon Wooley as the Voice of Audrey II, Rob Bartlett as Mushnik with Carla J. Hargrove as Ronnette, Trisha Jeffrey as Crystal and Dequina Moore as Chiffon. The giant plant designed by the Jim Henson Workshop is puppeteered by Martin P. Robinson, Anthony Asbury, Bill Remington and Matt Vogel. The new cast recording of Little Shop of Horrors was recently released by DRG Records. That recording features the complete score as well as several bonus tracks of songs cut from the original Off-Broadway production.
Little Shop of Horrors plays the Virginia Theatre, located in Manhattan at 245 West 52nd Street.
The Actors' Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors' Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts.