Jake Gyllenhaal, fresh off his well-reviewed Broadway turn in “Constellations,” will swing back to the New York stage this summer for a two-night concert production of the musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” in which he’ll appear alongside “Saturday Night Live” cast member Taran Killam, Chuck Cooper and the previously announced Ellen Greene.
Gyllenhaal will play nerdy Seymour in Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s 1982 pulp-scifi musical, starring opposite Ellen Greene, who reprises the role of ingenue Audrey after creating the part in the original Off Broadway production and playing the character again in the 1986 movie adaptation. Killam will play sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello while Cooper (“Finian’s Rainbow,” “The Life”) provides the voice of the ravenous man-eating plant Audrey II.
“Little Shop” will have a quickie run in July as part of the Encores! Off-Center season of concert readings of Off Broadway musicals. Running just three performances, the staging is sure to be a hot ticket not just with theatergoers but also among theater industry types wondering whether Gyllenhaal could make a viable lead for a Broadway musical.
The Off-Center series, a companion to the Encores! programming of concert stagings of overlooked Broadway musicals, previously yielded the revival of “Violet” that landed a Broadway run at the Roundabout Theater Company last season. The 2015 summer lineup of Off-Center also includes William Finn’s “A New Brain” and Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party.”
Directed by Dick Scanlan (book writer of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and choreographed by Patricia Wilcox, “Little Shop of Horrors” is runs July 1-2.