By Andrew Gans
24 Jun 2004
They will be joined by Lenny Wolpe as Mushnik, James Moye as Orin, Michael James Leslie as the voice of Audrey II, Amina Robinson as Crystal, Yasmeen Sulieman as Chiffon and LaTonya Holmes as Ronnette. Audrey II will be puppeteered by Paul McGuiness and Michael Latini. The tour is set to begin Aug. 11 at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, TX.
Actress Tari Kelly told PBOL, "I'm very excited to play this wonderful part in such a superb production. It's really a dream come true, and I'm looking forward to the whole experience."
Tari Kelly, who is part of the ensemble of The Boy From Oz, also understudies the role of Liza. She was also seen on Broadway in Show Boat and Off-Broadway in Streakin' Her tour and regional credits include Show Boat, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love, Man of La Mancha, Chicago, Everything's Ducky and Once Upon a Mattress.
The current Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors plays the Virginia Theatre and features direction by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Kathleen Marshall. The creative team for the musical also includes William Ivey Long (costume designer), Scott Pask (set designer), Donald Holder (lighting designer) and T. Richard Fitzgerald (sound designer). Little Shop boasts a score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman and a book by Ashman.
The original production of Little Shop 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 Ellen Greene as Audrey, Rick Moranis as Seymour, Vincent Gardenia as Mushnik and Steve Martin as Orin, the dentist.