The off-Broadway revival of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ starring Jonathan Groff (‘Mindhunter’), at the Westside Theatre, sold out completely weeks before it has even started– previews kick off on September 17, with the official opening night being Sunday, October 17. So the show has added eight additional weeks-worth of shows. Tickets are on sale now until Sunday, January 19, 2020, or until they sell out. If the fever for this show continues at the same pace, tickets will be gone long before that.
Joining Groff (as Seymour Krelborn) onstage are Tammy Blanchard (as Audrey), and Christian Borle (as sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello). Groff is on scheduled leave from November 5-November 17. He will be replaced during those performances by Tony nominee Gideon Glick (‘To Kill a Mockingbird’). The classic show features the music of Howard Ashman & Alan Menken. Tony winner Michael Mayer (‘Spring Awakening’) is directing this revival.
The cast also includes Tom Alan Robbins, Kingsley Leggs, Ari Groover, Salome Smith, Joy Woods, Stephen Berger, Chris Dwan, Kris Roberts, Chelsea Turbin, Eric Wright, and Teddy Yudain.
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ was first presented in 1982. In 1986, it was made into a movie, directed by Frank Oz, who brought his puppetry expertise to the creation of Audrey II, the giant carnivorous plant that Seymour finds and discovers craves human flesh and blood. In the film, Rick Moranis played Seymour, with Ellen Green (who originated the role on stage) as Audrey and Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello. The film also featured appearances by Jim Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, and Bill Murray. Tichina Arnold, and Tisha Campbell, who would later co-star on the sitcom ‘Martin’, appeared as two of the three chorus singers.
In 2017, Greg Berlanti (The CW’s Arrowverse) was working on a script for a new screen version of the musical. Berlanti revealed that Alan Menkin would be writing a new song for this version.
Groff’s Netflix series ‘Mindhunter’ dropped its second season last month. Most likely, his leave of absence in November is due to the fact that he will be needed to promote ‘Frozen II’, in which he reprises his role as the voice of Kristoff. ‘Frozen II’ opens on November 22.
Tickets to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ can be purchased here.