Little Shop Understudy Wilson Lands Audrey Role

News   Little Shop Understudy Wilson Lands Audrey Role Jessica-Snow Wilson will be Little Shop of Horrors' new Audrey beginning June 22, Playbill On-Line has learned. Wilson, who has been Kerry Butler's understudy, will assume the role of the lovable, but ill-fated Audrey after Butler departs the Jerry Zaks-directed production June 20.

Jessica-Snow Wilson
Jessica-Snow Wilson

A spokesperson for the production could not confirm casting as of press time.

The Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical will also welcome two other new stars this month. On June 6, Hunter Foster ends his Tony-nominated run as Seymour. Foster, who will soon join the Broadway cast of The Producers, is leaving his role to pop star Joey Fatone. Fatone begins June 24; standby Jonathan Rayson will play the down-on-his-luck plant-shop worker in the period between Foster and Fatone. And Robert Evan begins his stint as dentist Orin Scrivello — and a handful of other roles — June 29. Evan replaces Douglas Sills, who departs June 13. Understudy Darren Ritchie will plays Sills' roles during the interim.

Jessica-Snow Wilson has appeared on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Les Misérables as well as the City Center Encores! production of Hair. Off-Broadway the actress was seen in Zombie Prom, I Sing and Me and Juliet. Wilson's other theatrical credits include The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Baby and Stars in Your Eyes.

The Little Shop company currently includes Kerry Butler as Audrey, Hunter Foster as Seymour, Rob Bartlett as Mushnik, Douglas Sills as Orin, Michael-Leon Wooley as the voice of Audrey II and DeQuina Moore, Trisha Jeffrey and Carla J. Hargrove as, respectively, Chiffon, Crystal and Ronnette.

Little Shop of Horrors plays the Virginia Theatre, located at 245 West 52nd Street.

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