Rob McClure to Scare Up Laughs in Little Shop of Horrors Off-Broadway
Mushnik’s Flower Shop is getting a new employee! Rob McClure is heading to the Westside Theatre to star as Seymour in the Little Shop of Horrors Off-Broadway revival. He’ll begin performances July 12, with Skylar Astin departing the production to begin filming a picked-up CBS series, according to Deadline.
McClure is currently Tony-nominated for his performance as Daniel Hilard in the musical adaptation of the the 1993 hit film Mrs. Doubtfire. The show closed May 29, considered a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic environment in which show cancellations kept audiences away. Prior to that, McClure starred as Adam in the original Broadway production of Beetlejuice at the Winter Garden Theatre. The musical reopened at the Marquis Theatre in April of this year.
Additional credits for the stage favorite include Noises Off, Something Rotten, Chaplin, and Avenue Q. On screen, he was recently seen as Fred Rogers in episode 6 of HBO Max’s Julia. Elsewhere, he’s appeared in The Good Fight and Elementary.
The Michael Mayer-helmed revival of Little Shop of Horrors opened October 17, 2019. In addition to Astin, the current cast features Tammy Blanchard as Audrey, Christian Borle as Orin Scrivello, Stuart Zagnit as Mushnik, Tatiana Lofton as Ronnette, Cristina Raé as Chiffon, and Khadija Sankoh as Crystal. Rounding out the ensemble is Eric Wright, Teddy Yudain, Stephen Berger, Josh Daniel, Jana Djenne Jackson, and Chelsea Turbin, with Aaron Arnell Harrington as The Voice of Audrey II.
The musical, featuring a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and music by Alan Menken, 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 production features choreography by Ellenore Scott, scenic design by Julian Crouch, lighting design by Bradley King, costume design by Tom Broecker, sound design by Jessica Paz, puppet designer by Nicholas Mahon, (based on original puppet design by Martin P. Robinson); puppets by Monkey Boys Productions, hair and makeup design by Tommy Kurzman, and music supervision by Will Van Dyke. Casting is by Jim Carnahan.