Tony nominee Jonathan Groff, who can currently be seen on Netflix as FBI Agent Holden Ford in the second season of David Fincher’s Mindhunter, will star as Seymour in the Off-Broadway return of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s landmark musical Little Shop of Horrors. The complete cast for the production opening this fall at the Westside Theatre has just been announced.
Alongside Groff, the cast features Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard as Audrey, double Tony winner Christian Borle as Orin Scrivello, Tom Alan Robbins as Mushnik, Kingsley Leggs as The Voice of Audrey II, Ari Groover as Ronnette, Salome Smith as Crystal and newcomer Joy Woods as Chiffon.
Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot), the production begins previews Tuesday 17th September and opens Thursday 17th October.
Seymour is a down-on-his-luck florist with a crush on his co-worker Audrey. When he discovers a mysterious – and voracious – plant, suddenly Seymour and Audrey are thrust into an epic battle that will determine the fate of the entire human race. With a book and lyrics by Grammy and Academy Award winner Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), and music by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Aladdin, Newsies), Little Shop of Horrors first premiered Off-Broadway in 1982, where it made audiences laugh, scream, and give up gardening for good. The musical has since catapulted into a global phenomenon, with productions across the world from Broadway to London’s West End, to Asia and Australia – plus a hit 1986 film adaptation directed by Frank Oz that starred Rick Moranis, Ellen Green and Steve Martin. Now, the musical makes its highly-anticipated return home to Off-Broadway, in an intimate new production directed by Michael Mayer that offers an unprecedented opportunity to get close — maybe too close — to an incredible plant with an insatiable appetite.
Tickets are available now at Telecharge.com, through November 24 only. The box office at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd St., between 9th & 10th Aves.) will open at 12 PM EST on Monday, August 19, where 180 front-row tickets during previews will be exclusively available for purchase (limit six per person). The first 25 people in line will also receive something special to take home and feed at their own risk. For more details and to purchase tickets, head to the shows official website here.