Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

An Off-Broadway revival of bookwriter/lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken's cult favorite Little Shop of Horrors, boasting a regularly star-studded cast, has been bringing audiences to Skid Row since fall 2019. Get Little Shop of Horrors tickets now.

The Little Shop of Horrors musical is a campy horror comedy centered on a florist named Seymour. He's sweet, yet clumsy and awkward, and he has a massive crush on his beautiful coworker, Audrey, who's already in a relationship with a sadistic dentist, Orin. His life turns around, though, when he comes upon an unusual plant that he brings into the shop. Suddenly, business is booming. The flower shop owner, Mushnik, warms up to Seymour and becomes the father figure he never had. Even Audrey starts to show interest in him.

But there's a catch. This unusual plant is unusually thirsty — and not for water. It's a flesh-and-blood-eating specimen — sweetly dubbed Audrey II — that soon becomes unsatisfied with Seymour pricking his finger every so often to feed it, and it comes alive to demand more substantial fare. If Seymour's up to the task of getting him some fresh human meat, the plant promises to make all of Seymour's dreams of fame, love, and fortune come true.

Little Shop of Horrors is based on a low-budget black comedy film, The Little Shop of Horrors, which debuted in 1960. It would become a musical more than 20 years later, with the premiere of Little Shop of Horrors off Broadway in 1982. The show played the Orpheum Theatre (currently home to Stomp) through 1987 and was the third-longest-running Off-Broadway show ever at the time. The musical would later transfer to Broadway in 2003, though Ashman initially refused, wanting to preserve the intimate nature of the show. He seems to have been onto something, as the Broadway production ran for just under a year and earned a single Tony nomination. The musical has remained most popular, though, as an Off-Broadway hit, thriving in smaller venues like its current home, the 270-seat Westside Theatre, as well as regional, community, and school theatres.

As the show takes place in the 1960s, Menken's score incorporates rock and roll, Motown, and doo-wop styles alongside traditional musical theatre. 

The 2019 Little Shop of Horrors revival has seen a string of celebrity actors as Seymour, beginning with Jonathan Groff. He's been followed by Gideon Glick, Jeremy Jordan, Conrad Ricamora, Skylar Astin, and Rob McClure. Tammy Blanchard and Christian Borle have also starred in the revival — as Audrey and Orin, respectively — since its opening.

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(Photos by Emilio Madrid-Kuser)

Running time: 
2hrs (including 1 intermission)
Categories: 
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About Little Shop of Horrors:

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.

Christian Borle
Christian Borle
as Orin Scrivello D.D.S

Until 31 Jul 2022

By:
Music by Alan Menken, and Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Producer:
Tom Kirdahy, Robert Ahrens, Hunter Arnold, Mickey Liddell, Curt Cronin and John Joseph
Director:
Michael Mayer
Lighting:
Bradley King
Sound:
Jessica Paz
Design:
Julian Crouch
Choreography:
Ellenore Scott
Costume:
Tom Broecker
Cast list:
Conrad Ricamora (as Seymour), Christian Borle (as Orin Scrivello DDS), Tammy Blanchard (as Audrey), Tom Alan Robbins (as Mushnik), Aaron Arnell Harrington (as The Voice of Audrey II), Salome Smith (as Ronnette), Joy Woods (as Chiffon), Aveena Sawyer (as Crystal), Eric Wright, Teddy Yudain, Stephen Berger, Chelsea Turbin
Other info:
Puppet Design by Nicholas Mahon, and Music Supervision, Orchestrations & Arrangements by Will Van Dyke
Little Shop of Horrors Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
September 17, 2019
Opening date: 
October 17, 2019
Available from: 
September 21, 2021
Booking to: 
January 8, 2023
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Address:
407 West 43rd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station

Latest Little Shop of Horrors News & Features

Rob McClure
Rob McClure to play Seymour in 'Little Shop of Horrors'
June 9, 2022

Suddenly, Rob! Two-time Tony Award nominee Rob McClure is the next Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Beginning July 12, he will take over for Pitch Perfect star Skylar Astin in the leading role of the Off-Broadway production. McClure just wrapped a run in Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway, earning a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for playing the dual role of Daniel Hillard and Mrs. Doubtfire. He was nominated in the same category in 2013 for Chaplin. McClure's other Broadway credits include Beetlejuice, Noises Off, and Something Rotten!

Skylar Astin in Little Shop of Horrors
See photos of Skylar Astin in 'Little Shop of Horrors' off Broadway
May 18, 2022

Suddenly, Skylar! On May 17, Skylar Astin stepped into the role of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at the Westside Theatre. The show has been running off Broadway there since 2019, and the Pitch Perfect star is the latest celebrity to lead the show, following actors like Conrad Ricamora, Jeremy Jordan, and Jonathan Groff.

Skylar Astin
Skylar Astin to play Seymour in 'Little Shop of Horrors'
April 11, 2022

Suddenly... Skylar! Pitch Perfect star Skylar Astin is set to take over the leading role of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors from May 17. He replaces How to Get Away With Murder star Conrad Ricamora, who is in the role through May 14. Astin is best known for originating the role of Georg in Spring Awakening on Broadway and playing Jesse in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 on film. His other screen credits include roles in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Grey's Anatomy.

Conrad Ricamora
Conrad Ricamora to star as Seymour in 'Little Shop of Horrors' off Broadway
November 15, 2021

Suddenly...Conrad! Stage and screen star Conrad Ricamora will play Seymour in the Off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors at the Westside Theatre from January 11, 2022. He will take over the role from Jeremy Jordan, who will play his final performance on January 9.

Photo credit: Jonathan Groff in Little Shop of Horrors (Photo by Emilio Madrid-Kuser)
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ to reopen at Westside Theatre in September
May 17, 2021

The off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors will resume its acclaimed engagement at Westside Theatre this fall.

Jonathan Groff in Little Shop of Horrors
Official production photos released for Little Shop of Horrors at Westside Theatre
October 16, 2019

Ahead of tomorrow's official opening at the Westside Theatre, official production photography has now been released for the highly anticipated Off-Broadway revival of the cult classic musical Little Shop of Horrors. Previews began on September 17, 2019, with an official opening set for October 17, and the production is currently booking through January 19, 2020.

Our Little Shop of Horrors Review

The plant at the centre of Little Shop of Horrors that feeds on human blood may have had its sights on world domination, but the musical that was based on the low-budget 1960 comedy sci-fi film of the same name has actually long achieved it, so it ultimately got what it wanted.