Drew Gehling Joins LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Off-Broadway


Drew Gehling | Photo: Michaelah Reynolds

Dan Meyer
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March 6, 2023 12:31 PM

There’s a new sadist in town and he’s ready to give dentistry a bad name! Broadway alum Drew Gehling will join Little Shop of Horrors as Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., in the Off-Broadway production at the Westside Theatre. The star will begin performances March 14.

He'll play opposite Euphoria breakout Maude Apatow as Audrey, who recently extended her contract through April 30, and Matt Doyle as Seymour. Apatow will appear with a surprise guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this evening.

Gehling was most recently seen in Almost Famous on Broadway, which closed January 8 at the Jacobs Theatre. A cast recording for the musical is set to be released April 21. The star’s additional credits include Waitress, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, and Jersey Boys. His screen credits include Succession, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Smash. He’ll next be seen in the movie A Good Person.

The current cast of Little Shop features Bryce Pinkham as Scrivello, Aaron Arnell Harrington as The Voice of Audrey II, Brad Oscar as Mushnik, Tiffany Renee Thompson as Crystal, Khadija Sankoh as Chiffon, and D’Kaylah Unique Whitley as Ronnette. Those latter three make up the Urchins, a Skid Row chorus of sorts that provides plenty of humor and musical highlights throughout the show. (Check out a cut song from Little Shop of Horrors, featuring Thompson, Sankoh, and Ari Groover, here).

Rounding out the ensemble are Camryn Hampton, Weston Chandler Long, Chelsea Turbin, Teddy Yudain, Zakiya Baptiste, Jon Hoche, Jonothon Lyons, Noel MacNeal, Jeff Sears, Evan Alexander Smith, and Melissa Victor.

Little Shop of Horrors features a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and music by Alan Menken. It follows Seymour, a down-on-his-luck florist with a crush on his co-worker (who is dating a sadistic dentist). When he befriends a mysterious—and blood-thirsty—plant, an epic battle unfolds that will determine the fate of the entire human race.

The Off-Broadway production has been playing at the Westside Theatre since opening in 2019. It reopened last fall following the pandemic. The musical has become a star vehicle, especially for the role of Seymour, with Gideon Glick, Conrad Ricamora, Jeremy Jordan, Skylar Astin, and Rob McClure all playing the lovable horticulturist. Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard originated the role of Audrey for this production with Tony winner Lena Hall stepping into the role last year until Apatow joined the cast.

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.

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