Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's cult-classic musical Little Shop of Horrors begins performances July 25 at the St. Louis Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre.
Directed by John Miller-Stephany with choreography by Darren Lee, performances are scheduled to continue through July 31.
The cast is headed by Alli Mauzey as Audrey, Rob McClure as Seymour Krelborn, Clarke Thorell as Orin Scrivello/Bernstein/Mrs. Luce/Snip/Others, Jen Brissman as Ronnette, Alysha Deslorieux as Crystal, Brené Jackson as Chiffon, Raye Birk as Mr. Mushnik, Michael Latini as Audrey II Manipulation and Ken Page as Audrey II Voice. Brené Jackson is the dance captain.
The creative team also includes musical director James Cunningham, scenic designer Michael Anania, lighting designer F. Mitchell Dana, sound designer Jason Krueger, production stage manager Peter Hynds and assistant stage manager Hannah Sullivan.
The original production of Little Shop of Horrors — starring Ellen Greene and Lee Wilkof — 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 Greene as Audrey, Rick Moranis as Seymour, Vincent Gardenia as Mushnik and Steve Martin as Orin, the dentist. The musical's Broadway bow co-starred Kerry Butler and Hunter Foster.
Paul Blake produces; Mike Bosner is associate producer.
The remainder of the season includes Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Aug. 1-7; and Bye Bye Birdie, Aug. 8-14.
This season marks Paul Blake's last as executive producer of The Muny. Mike Isaacson will succeed Blake beginning with the 2012 season at the St. Louis theatre. Blake has served as executive producer of The Muny since 1990.
For more information about The Muny and the 2011 productions, call (314) 361-1900 or visit www.muny.org.
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