Evan Rachel Wood And Darren Criss To Star In LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS


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Alex Mecklosky
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January 2, 2024 11:30 AM

Smiling so hard we may need a dentist! Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe Award nominated star Evan Rachel Wood and Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe Award winner Darren Criss will be playing Audrey and Seymour respectively in Little Shop of Horrors.

The two began performances January 30th, 2024 at the Westside Theatre. The smash hit production continues its florid run now through January 4, 2026.

This will mark Evan Rachel Woods' New York Stage debut.

“The casting of this show has become one of the greatest joys of our lives. The fact that in year five, we continue to attract talent like Evan Rachel Wood and Darren Criss is a testament to Howard Ashman’s and Alan Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors being one of the finest achievements in musical theater, and to Michael Mayer’s perfectly and joyously staged production at the Westside Theatre,” said producers.

Since her breakout role in Thirteen, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award, Evan Rachel Wood has gone on to leave her mark in several iconic performances on television and film. She earned critical acclaim and accolades for her role in “Westworld”, the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce”, the film The Wrestler, and more. One-half of “Evan + Zane,” her band with Zane Carney, Wood has also sung in the films Frozen 2 and Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe.

Multi-hyphenate actor and musician, Darren Criss burst on to the scene as one of the most memorable TV characters of all time, Blaine Anderson in Fox’s hit show “Glee.” His portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed limited-series, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,”earned him a Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics’ Choice Award. In addition to his work on television, Criss is a veteran of the stage whose Broadway credits include the titular role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch , How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying , and most recently American Buffalo  opposite Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell. He released a solo EP in 2021 titled Masquerade , and in the same year, released a full-length holiday album titled- aptly- A Very Darren Crissmas, for which he recently toured in North America.

The current cast of Little Shop features Tony-nominated Broadway veterans Bryce Pinkham as Dr. Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. and Brad Oscar  as Mr. Mushnik, alongside Aaron Arnell Harrington as The Voice of Audrey II, D’Kaylah Unique Whitley as Ronnette, Tiffany Renee Thompson as Crystal, Khadija Sankoh as Chiffon, as well as, Camryn Hampton, Najah Hetsberger, Michael Iannucci, Weston Chandler Long, Jeff Sears, Teddy Yudain, Zakiya Baptiste, Jonothon Lyons, Noel MacNeal, Johnny Newcomb, and Kevin Pariseau.

As previously announced, Constance Wu & Corbin Blue will play their final performances as Audrey and Seymour, respectively, on Sunday, January 28, 2024.

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. Little Shop of Horrors first premiered Off-Broadway in 1982, where it made audiences laugh, scream, and give up gardening for good. The musical has since catapulted into a global phenomenon, with productions across the world from Broadway to London’s West End, to Asia and Australia – plus a hit 1986 film adaptation directed by Frank Oz that starred Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin. Now, the musical has made its highly-anticipated return home to Off-Broadway, in an intimate new production directed by Michael Mayer that offers an unprecedented opportunity to get close — maybe too close — to an incredible plant with an insatiable appetite.    

The Little Shop Of Horrors design team features Tony-nominated Scenic Designer Julian Crouch; Two-time Tony-winning Lighting Designer Bradley King; Emmy-winning Costume Designer Tom Broecker; Tony-winning Sound Designer Jessica Paz; Emmy-nominated Puppet Designer Nicholas Mahon and Hair and Makeup Designer Tommy Kurzman. Original puppet design is by Martin P. Robinson, Puppets are by Monkey Boys Productions, and Grammy nominee Will Van Dyke serves as Music Supervisor, Orchestrator & Arranger.    

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!