Based on Roger Corman’s 1960 movie who then starred an unknown fellow by the name of Jack Nicholson, Little Shop Of Horrors returns to the stage for a few short performances at New York’s City Center for the Encores! Off-Center presentation. What could make this any better? Ellen Greene, who first performed the role of Audrey on the England stage in 1982, then on the big screen alongside Rick Moranis in 1986, has decided to reprise her role one more time for this short stint of the wacky tale of the mean green mother from outer space who’s hell bent on dominating and consuming the human race. As stated, this is a short stint at the City Center, and only two performances remain- One being this afternoon and the other this evening (July 2). Why are you still here? Go snatch whatever tickets are available for fucks sake!
You’re still here? Ok let’s talk about the perfection Ellen Greene still holds as the mousy belle of skid row 33 years after first bursting onto the stage. According to the Huffington Post, Judy Garland had nothing on Miss Greene when it came time for the final bow of their first performance last night as the crowd roared with love and was unlike anything heard before in a theater. Even Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays the role as skid row’s frumpy botanist Seymour, chose to give the stage up to Greene for a final solo bow. That’s the kind of power Ellen Greene has over this role. Her voice is still as beautiful as it was all those years ago and it seems like time has stood still for the actress as she must have discovered the fountain of youth somewhere. Ellen! Tell us ladies your beauty secrets please!
The show is narrated by back-up-singer-threesome Chiffon (Tracy Nicole Chapman), Crystal (Marva Hicks) and Ronnette (Ramona Keller). The role of Orin, Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend is Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam. Mr. Mushnik is played by Joe Grifasi, and an absolutely adorable Anwar Kareem as a young Audrey 2 with Eddie Cooper taking on the mature monster plant role.
If you want to catch one of these amazing shows today, click here for more information on tickets. Also, I’d like to add if you do so happen to score a ticket, I will be forever jealous but encourage you to enjoy a historical moment in theater history!
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