Tony Award-winning producers Tom Kirdahy, Robert Ahrens and Hunter Arnold have announced that multiple Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk Award Nominated Broadway star Rob McClure (Mrs. Doubtfire, Beetlejuice, Chaplin) will take on the lead role of Seymour in the three-time Best Musical Revival Award-winning production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. McClure joins the cast beginning Tuesday, July 12, 2022, after film, television, and Broadway star Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect, Spring Awakening,) plays his final performance on July 3 at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street). Astin departs early to film a new CBS-TV show “So Help Me Todd,” opposite Marcia Gay Harden.
Best known for his tour-de-force Broadway performances in Mrs. Doubtfire (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for his portrayal of the title character), and Chaplin (Theatre World & Clive Barnes Award-winner; and Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for his performance in the title role), Broadway favorite McClure has also memorably starred on Broadway in Beetlejuice, Something Rotten, Noises Off, Honeymoon In Vegas, I'm Not Rappaport, and Avenue Q, as well as Where’s Charley? and Irma La Douce at Encores! During the pandemic and 18-month suspension of live performances, McClure captured the hearts and attention of the industry through a series of virtuoso social media videos in ode to conductors called “Conductor Cam.”
McClure will star opposite original cast members Emmy Award winner Tammy Blanchard (Life with Judy Garland, Gypsy) as Audrey and Tony Award-winner Christian Borle as Orin Scrivello, DDS. The cast also features Stuart Zagnit (Caroline, Or Change; Newsies; Seussical) as Mushnik, Aaron Arnell Harrington (RENT 20th Anniversary Tour) as The Voice of Audrey II, Khalifa White (Caroline, or Change) as Ronnette, Cristina Raé (“Americas Got Talent”) as Chiffon, Khadija Sankoh (Paper Mill Rising Star Nomination for Lost Boys) as Crystal, and Eric Wright, Teddy Yudain, Josh Daniel, Michael Iannucci, Jana Djenne Jackson, and Chelsea Turbin. Evan Alexander Smith will play the role of Seymour from July 5–10.
With a book and lyrics by Grammy and Academy Award winner Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), and music by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Aladdin, Newsies), the 2020 Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Award-winning Best Musical Revival of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening).