Suddenly Seymour is coming to Australia

Cult musical classic Little Shop of Horrors will embark on an Australian tour next year. This new revival will star Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford and premiere at the Hayes Theatre, Sydney in February before travelling to Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.

Photo Credit: Jeff Busby

Photo Credit: Jeff Busby

If the recent smash hit Rocky Horror is anything to go by, Australian audiences have a thing for cult musical classics. And Little Shop of Horrors fits that bill exactly. Following the meek, down-and-out floral assistant Seymour Krelborn, he stumbles across a new plant species which he names Audrey II (after his co-worker crush). It seems like a serendipitous ticket to fame and fortune, but as Audrey II grows into a foul-mouthed, smooth-talking, R&B singing carnivore, Seymour discovers that feeding this plant starts to require juicier and less justifiable ingredients.

Brent Hill stars as the unassuming, hapless flower shop worker Seymour after recently acclaimed turns in Once, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Producers and Rock of Ages. Starring opposite him will be one of Australia’s latest leading ladies Esther Hannaford who has recently wowed Melbourne audiences as Ann Darrow in King Kong and leading roles in Nice Work If You Can Get It and Hairspray.

Joining these two leading Australian performers will be Tyler Coppin (Strictly Ballroom, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as the opportunistic shop owner Mr Mushnik, while the role of the demon dentist will be played by Scott Johnson (Jersey Boys). Angelique Cassimatis (Rocky Horror Show), Josie Lane (Miracle City, Fame) and Chloe Zuel (Legally Blonde) will rock out as the Supreme-esque streetwise urchins and they will be joined by Dash Kruck (Violet) and Kuki Tipoki (Sweet Charity) in the ensemble.

This cult classic musical was one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time before successful runs on Broadway and the West End before it inspired the iconic film starring Ellen Greene, Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. It also features a score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who are well-known for their more mainstream work in The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

This new production will be directed by Dean Bryant and choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth with musical director Andrew Worboys, set designer Owen Phillips, costume designer Tim Chappel and lighting designer Ross Graham rounding out the production team. They will also be teaming up puppet makers Erth for the Mean Green Mother from Outer Space, Audrey II.

Tickets are on sale now for the Sydney production which kicks off February 18th, 2016. For more information on this, and other stops on the national tour, visit www.littleshoptour.com.au

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2016

Sydney – Hayes Theatre Co from February 18th 2016
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
hayestheatre.com.au or ticketmaster.com.au

Adelaide – Her Majesty’s Theatre from April 20th 2016
TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY 28TH OCTOBER
bass.net.au

Melbourne – Comedy Theatre from May 4th 2016
TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
ticketmaster.com.au

Canberra – Canberra Theatre from May 25th 2016
TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER
canberratheatrecentre.com.au or ticketmaster.com.au

Brisbane – Playhouse Theatre QPAC from June 1st 2016
TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
qpac.com.au

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