Tony Winner Lena Hall Will Join LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Off-Broadway
There’s a new employee at Mushnik’s! Lena Hall will step into the role of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, beginning September 6. The star takes over for Emmy winner and Tony nominee Tammy Blachard, who originated the role when the show opened in 2019 opposite Jonathan Groff as Seymour and Christian Borle as Orin Scrivello.
Hall is best-known for her Tony-winning turn as Yitzhak in the 2014 Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Her Main Stem credits also include 42nd Street, Cats, and Kinky Boots. On screen, she has also been seen in Snowpiercer, Sex and the City, and Girls, among others.
In addition to Hall, Broadway alum Andrew Call (Groundhog Day) will take over as Orin on August 30, as Borle prepares to star in the screen-to-stage musical adaptation of Some Like It Hot. Call previously covered as Orin in May for a short stint.
Little Shop of Horrors 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, and Skylar Astin all playing the lovable horticulturist. 2022 Tony nominee Rob McClure (Mrs. Doubtfire) stepped into the role earlier this month.
Completing the current cast are Aaron Arnell Harrington as The Voice of Audrey II, Stuart Zagnit as Mushnik, Khalifa White as Ronnette, Cristina Raé as Crystal, and Khadija Sankoh as Chiffon. The ensemble also features Teddy Yudain, Weston Long, Michael Iannucci, Josh Daniel, Camryn Hampton, and Chelsea Turbin.
The musical, featuring a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and music by Alan Menken, is directed by Michael Mayer. 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.