Beware earthlings- after rave reviews (read what Theatre People had to say here) and overwhelming demand the cult musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors will return to Sydney for a reprise season in July. Starring Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford, the return season will be staged at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Sydney from 18 July to 31 July.
The production is currently playing at Hayes Theatre Co where it premiered last week generating tremendously glowing reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Produced by Luckiest Productions and Tinderbox Productions who brought us the 2014 multi award winning Sweet Charity, this gleefully gruesome musical combines the upbeat, doo wop Motown score, puppet wizardry and a wickedly talented Australian cast. Award-winning creative duo Director Dean Bryant and Choreographer Andrew Hallsworth have once again combined their ingenious minds to bring Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s book and score to life, creating a deviously delicious out-of-this-world musical experience. They have joined forces with master puppet-makers Erth to create a brand new Audrey II for the 21st century.
“Following the critical response and overwhelming demand for tickets, we are delighted to announce a return Sydney season of Little Shop of Horrors at the Roslyn Packer Theatre. Sydneysiders who are lucky enough to enjoy an up-close and personal experience with Audrey II at the Hayes Theatre, will now have the opportunity to witness this extraordinary production in all its glory on a bigger stage and bigger theatre. For all those musical theatre goers that missed out on tickets, here’s your chance to see this sensational revival of Little Shop of Horrors that is slowly taking over the country!”, said the producers.
The extraordinarily talented Brent Hill stars as the unassuming, hapless flower shop worker Seymour Krelborn. Brent most recently starred in the Australian production of Once earning himself a Helpmann Award nomination. Other theatre credits includeJerry’s Girls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Rock of Ages. Playing the object of Seymour’s affections, Audrey, is multiple-award winner Esther Hannaford, one of Australia’s most in demand leading ladies. Esther starred as Ann Darrow in King Kong, Bonnie Mae in Miracle City and received a Helpmann Award for her role as Penny in Hairspray.
The opportunistic shop owner Mr Mushnik, is played by Tyler Coppin (Strictly Ballroom, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) while the role of the demon dentist and Audrey’s sadistic boyfriend is acclaimed actor Scott Johnson (Tommy in Jersey Boys). Angelique Cassimatis (The Rocky Horror Show), Josie Lane (Miracle City, Fame) and Chloe Zuel (Legally Blonde) play the three sassy Supreme-esque streetwise urchins while Dash Kruck (Violet) and Kuki Tipoki (Sweet Charity) complete the cast playing in the ensemble.
Laced with dark humour and irresistible music, Little Shop of Horrors is one of the longest-running off Broadway shows of all time. Inspired by the 1960 Roger Corman film of the same name, this rock musical version of Little Shop of Horrors premiered off Broadway in 1982 before enjoying a successful run on Broadway and in London’s West End, eventually inspiring the 1986 film version by veteran puppeteer Frank Oz that starred Rick Moranis. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin) rocking doo-wop score includes the popular songs ‘Feed Me’, ‘Suddenly Seymour’ and ‘Somewhere That’s Green’.
When meek, down-and-out floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new plant species that he names ‘Audrey II’ after his co-worker crush, it seems like a serendipitous ticket to fame and fortune. But as Audrey II grows and grows – into a foul-mouthed, smooth-talking, R&B-singing carnivore – Seymour discovers that feeding his ambition starts to require juicier and less justifiable ingredients. Before he knows it, our accidental hero Seymour and the gutsy but guileless Audrey must battle the perilous and persuasive plant – not just for their lives, but for the very future of planet earth!
In addition to director Dean Bryant, choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, Luckiest Productions and Tinderbox Productionshave also brought musical director Andrew Worboys, set designer Owen Phillips, costume designer Tim Chappel, and lighting designer Ross Graham to the team for this spine-tingling musical theatre event. Puppet makers Erth are recognised as an innovator of physical and visual theatre both nationally and internationally. They have created visual masterpieces for numerous cultural events and museums inspiring audiences with their unique and dynamic vision.
Little Shop of Horrors originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director) at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Schubert Organization.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2016
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE, MARRINER GROUP, CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE, PERTH THEATRE TRUST & QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
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Adelaide – Her Majesty’s Theatre from April 20th 2016
Melbourne – Comedy Theatre from May 4th 2016
Brisbane – Playhouse Theatre QPAC from June 1st 2016
Perth – His Majesty’s Theatre from August 4th 2016