Jake Gyllenhaal Returns To (Off) Broadway With Revival Of “Little Shop of Horrors”

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When Little Shop of Horrors hit the big screen in 1986, Rick Moranis played Seymour Krelborn, the nerdy florist who winds up tending to a giant carnivorous houseplant.

For the musical’s latest revival, though, producers went a little hunkier: Jake Gyllenhaal will play theater’s most beloved schlump in City Center’s Encores! Off-Center production of Horrors this summer.

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Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s musical, which debuted in 1982, follows Seymour as he attempts to woo ditzy blonde Audrey with his man-eating flora, which he dubs Audrey II.

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Ellen Greene, who played human Audrey in both the original stage production and the movie, returns to the role for this special concert event, with three performances on July 1 and 2.

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Tony winner Chuck Cooper will voice Audrey II while SNL’s Taran Killam will play psychotic dentist Orin Scrivello, Seymour’s rival for Audrey’s affections. Steve Martin played the demented driller in the film.

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Gyllenhaal has been haunting the New York state of late—he recently completed a run in the acclaimed drama Constellations, opposite Ruth Wilson. If you think he’s an odd choice for Seymour, we just have two words for you: Bubble. Boy.

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