Stage and screen star Conrad Ricamora (Here Lies Love, Soft Power, The King and I) joins the off-Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Westside Theatre. on January 11.
Conrad Ricamora joins Little Shop of Horrors
The actor, known for his roles as Oliver Hampton on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder and Dr. Jake Wong on Fox’s The Resident will play the role of Seymour. Ricamora succeeds Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), who completed his final show on January 9, 2022.
Ricamora joins a cast that includes Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard (Life with Judy Garland, Gypsy) as Audrey, two-time Tony winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten!, Falsettos) as Orin Scrivello, D.D.S, and Tom Alan Robbins (The Lion King, Head Over Heels) as Mushnik.
Also starring off-Broadway are Aaron Arnell Harrington (Rent’s 20th Anniversary Tour) as The Voice of Audrey II. Along with Salome Smith as Ronnette, Joy Woods as Chiffon, Aveena Sawyer as Crystal, along with Eric Wright, Teddy Yudain, Stephen Berger, Josh Daniel, Jana Djenne Jackson, and Chelsea Turbin round out the company.
Little Shop during the pandemic
After being temporarily closed last March due to the pandemic, Off-Broadway’s revival resumed operations on September 21. The revival, directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Meyer, opened in October 2019. The Howard Ashman-Alan Mencken musical’s creative team also includes choreographer Eleanor Scott. Further, set designer Julian Crouch, lighting designer Bradley King, costume designer Artist Tom Brock, sound designer Jessica Paz, puppet designer Nicholas Mahon, original puppet designer Martin P. Robinson, hair and makeup designer Tommy Kurzman, music director, orchestra and arranger Will Van Dyke, and casting director Jim Carnahan.
Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics, and a book by Howard Ashman. The story follows a hapless flower shop worker who grows a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is loosely based on the 1960 low-budget black comedy film Little Shop of Horrors.
Menken composed Little Shop of Horrors in early 1960s rock, doo-wop, and early Motown styles, and includes several well-known tunes, including the hits “Skid Row (Downtown),” “Somewhere That’s Green,” and “Suddenly, Seymour. ” The musical premiered off-Broadway in 1982, then moved to Off-Broadway’s Orpheum Theater, where it ran for five years. It later acquired numerous productions in the United States and abroad, as well as subsequent Broadway productions.
Due to its small cast, it is popular with amateur groups such as community theaters and schools. The musical was also adapted into the 1986 film of the same name, directed by Frank Oz.
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