Little Shop's Greene Has Full Plate with Side Man, CD and Concerts

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Ellen Greene, who originated the role of Audrey in the Off-Broadway and subsequent film of Little Shop of Horrors, is set to co-star in a production of Warren Leight's Side Man.

Ellen Greene
Ellen Greene

Greene will appear in the Malibu Stage Company's mounting of the Tony-winning play beginning June 2. The production will play Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM at the Malibu theatre, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway; call (310)-589-1998.

The singer-actress is also heading into the recording studio in June to begin laying down tracks for a new solo recording. Among the songs Greene will record are Jane Siberry's "Love Is Everything," Queen's "You Take My Breath Away" and "Too Much Love Will Kill You," Tom Waits' "Rainbow Sleeves," Peter Allen's "Pretty Pretty" and "Continental American," Sarah McLachlan's "I Love You" and "I Do What I Have to Do," Nikka Costa's "Nothing," Paula Cole's "Throwing Stones" and Tori Amos' "Winter." She will also record the song "When Love Is Gone," penned by her musical director and husband, Christian Klikovits.

Among Greene's upcoming concert dates are two shows at the San Francisco nightspot Martuni's, May 30 and June 20. She'll offer shows at 6 and 8 PM at the cabaret, located at 4 Valencia Street; call (415) 241-0205. Greene will also be part of the summer season at Provincetown, performing Aug. 19-31.

Ellen Greene began her career as a nightclub singer, performing in the now closed New York cabaret Reno Sweeney. At age 21, Joseph Papp took her under his wing and cast her in productions of Boom Boom Room and The Threepenny Opera. Greene earned a Tony nomination for her work in the latter, but it was her role as Audrey in both the original stage and film productions of Little Shop of Horrors that brought her national attention.

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