'Little Shop of Horrors' at Pasadena Playhouse Starting Sept. 17

Published : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 10:36 AM

Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theater of California, has completed casting for the 1982 classic “Little Shop of Horrors,” which comes to the Playhouse September 17 through October 20.

The press opening is set for September 25, Pasadena Playhouse said in a statement.

The production stars the previously announced George Salazar as Seymour Krelborn, Mj Rodriguez as Audrey, and Amber Riley as Audrey ll. They will be joined by Kevin Chamberlin, three-time Tony Award nominee known for his theatre roles such as Horton in “Seussical” and Fester in “The Addams Family” on Broadway, who has been announced for the role of Mr. Mushnik.

Matthew Wilkas, known for his starring role in the gay indie film “Gayby” and for playing Peter Parker in Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,” has been announced for the role of Orin Scrivello.

The cast is rounded out by Brittany Campbell, Tickwanya Jones, and Cheyenne Isabel Wells as The Ronnettes, and puppeteers Tyler Bremer, Kelsey Kato, Tim Kopacz, Sarah Kay Peters, and Paul Turbiak.

“With its gritty early-Motown-meets-B-movie-horror-sci-fi vibe, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ has always been a favorite musical of mine, and it is a thrill for me to delve deeply into this rich material with this spectacular, electric cast,” Director Mike Donahue said. “I look forward to not only paying homage to this musical theatre classic, but also exploring the themes that are still so much a part of our world today.”

In “Little Shop of Horrors,” written by Howard Ashman, with music by Alan Menken, a power-hungry, R&B-singing, carnivorous plant sets its sights on world domination. The play is directed by Mike Donahue with music direction by Darryl Archibald and choreography by Will B. Bell.

The deviously delicious sci-fi musical comedy favorite comes to the Pasadena Playhouse with some deliciously devious new twists: a brand new puppet concept for Audrey II, and a whole new take on Skid Row.

“Our new electrifying production of Little Shop of Horrors will give our audiences the opportunity to see a show they know and love in a way they never have before,” Danny Feldman, Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director said.

The creative team features music direction by Darryl Archibald, accompanist and conductor John Gentry Tennyson, choreography by Will B. Bell, scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Danae Iris McQueen, lighting design by Josh Epstein, sound design by Veronika Vorel, and puppet design, direction and choreography by Sean Cawelti.

For tickets and other information, visit www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/tickets-events.

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