Little Shop of Horrors, Ashman and Menkin’s award-winning off-Broadway musical, will come to NYU for two weekends from October 24-November 2, staged by students from the Educational Theatre program at the Steinhardt the School of Culture, Education and Human Development.
Just in time for Halloween, the musical -- a comedy horror that features rock music -- tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, an orphan who works in a florist’s shop and discovers an exotic plant that lives off human blood. Soon the plant, "Audrey II," grows into a sinister, ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore that offers to help Seymour achieve his dreams in love and fame in exchange for keeping the supply of blood flowing. Swayed by his desire to be noticed by fellow florist, Audrey, Seymour caves and strikes a deal with the sanguine plant.
Originally a film directed by Roger Corman, the musical Little Shop of Horrors first achieved fame as an Off-Off-Broadway production, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. Ashman and Menken are known for their later work on Disney hits The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Little Shop of Horrors ran at the Orpheum Theatre for five years, and won the Evening Standard award for Best Musical in 1985.
The entire cast and crew is made up of undergraduate and graduate students in the Program in Educational Theatre at Steinhardt, and will include four puppets, the pods, to showcase the man-eating plant at various stages of its growth. Josephine Cho, Kordell Draper and Christopher Gooley will serve as puppeteers.
Steinhardt doctoral student Rachel Whorton is the show’s musical director, with Dr. Amy Cordileone, a teacher from the Program in Educational Theatre, directing choreography. In the past, Cordileone has worked on choreography for Meta (which she also directed), The Heart Cycle, Underground: The Ben Folds Project, Two Noble Kinsmen, Alice: The Looking Glass Girl (also directed), Les Misérables, and Cotton Patch Gospel.
The cast includes Andrew Anzul as Seymour, Bethany Moore as Audrey, Zak Ferentz as Mushnick, and Katie Braun as Audrey II (the plant). Andrew Coopman plays the Dentist, and the urchins will be played by Rachel Gubow, Chelsea Flores and Alexandra Richardson. Other cast members include Josephine Cho, Liana Costable, Kordell Draper, Emma Vissicchio, Christopher Gooley, and Alexis Lounsbury.
The Crew includes Elizabeth Lozado, Shayna Blecherman, Seohee “July” Bok, Sophie Rosenthal (Dance Captain), Ashley Miskoff (Dance Captain), Mark Lussier (assistant stage manager), Orianna Miles (assistant stage manager), Jamie Lerner (assistant director), and Talia Krispel (production stage manager).
General admission is $15 General, or $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at tickets.nyu.edu or by phone at 212.998.4941. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the box office at 566 LaGuardia Place (Washington Sq. South).
Performances will take place in the Black Box Theatre at 82 Washington Square East (between W. 4th St. and Washington Pl.) on the following dates:
Friday, October 24 at 8pm
Saturday, October 25 at 8pm
Sunday, October 26 at 3pm
Thursday, October 30 at 8pm
Friday, October 31 at 8pm
Saturday, November 1 at 8pm
Sunday, November 2 at 3pm.
About NYU Steinhardt Department of Educational Theater. Steinhardt’s Department of Educational Theater focuses on training a new generation of theatre artists and educators for careers in schools, cultural institutions, and community settings. The department is the oldest of its kind within the United States, and focuses on both traditional and non-traditional performance techniques. For more information about this department, contact email@example.com.