Suddenly Seymour! Jake Gyllenhaal Will Star Opposite Ellen Greene in Encores! Little Shop

News   Suddenly Seymour! Jake Gyllenhaal Will Star Opposite Ellen Greene in Encores! Little Shop
 
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 in 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.

Also announced for the production are Tony winner Chuck Cooper (The Life) as The Voice of Audrey II and 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). Patricia Wilcox will choreograph with musical direction by Chris Fenwick.

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.

Playbill.com previously polled our readers to see who they wanted to star as Seymour. Check out the responses here.

Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal

Additional casting will be announced. Gyllenhaal made his New York stage debut in 2012 starring in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. His stage credits also include This is Our Youth in the West End. The Academy Award nominee's film work includes "Brokeback Mountain," "Zodiac," "Love & Other Drugs" and "Donnie Darko."

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.

Little Shop of Horrors is described as "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 (Chuck Cooper) that feeds on human blood."

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

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