it was just announced that Broadway veterans nominated by Tony Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!, The Producers, Jekyll & Hyde) and Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Heidi Chronicles, “Mercy Street”) will join the cast of Little Shop of Horrors, starting September 27. Oscar will play Mushnik and Pinkham Dr. Orin Scrivello, DDS Tiffany Renee Thompson will step in as Crystal. They join Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Mrs. Doubtfire, Beetlejuice) as Seymour, and Tony Award winner Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inches, Kinky Boots) as Audrey.
As Little Shop of Horrors celebrates its 40th anniversary, the new book by Adam Abraham, Attack of the Musical Monstertells the full story of the quirky Off-Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrorsfrom its origins as a low-budget Roger Corman film to its worldwide success in the 1980s. This book was released yesterday and T2C spoke with this author.
In the book, the story of Roger Corman’s 1960s film that was shot in two days on a budget of $30,000. The film inspired the mega-hit Little Shop of Horrors, which became a worldwide hit. Abraham is a fan of lyricist Howard Ashman who teamed up with composer Alan Menken to create an iconic musical. Menken and Ashman went on to work for Disney with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. The collaboration ended upon Ashman’s death.
The books of Abraham include When Magoo Flew: The Rise and Fall of Animation Studio UPA and Plagiarizing the Victorian novel: imitation, parody, posttextpublished by Cambridge University Press.
As a creative writer, Abraham has developed film and television projects for Warner Bros., New Line Cinema and Comedy Central. He has taught at New York University, Oxford, Virginia Commonwealth University and Auburn University.
The video is by Magda Katz.
Little Shop of Horrors currently playing at the Westside Theater, 407 W 43rd St.