‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Earns Off-Broadway Award Nominations

The bright lights of the Great White Way may be dimmed until June due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but that didn’t stop Little  Shop of Horrors from shining this week.

The popular, HORROR-ific musical at the Westside Theatre Upstairs on 43rd Street in Manhattan took home four Lucille Lerter Awards for Outstanding Revival, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, according to Broadway.com.

The Off-Broadway League announced the nominations for the 35th annual Lerter Awards, which will be presented virtually May 3, 2020 at 7 p.m. due to the ongoing virus crisis.

Jonathan Groff is up for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of nerdy Seymour. Groff was last seen on Broadway as King George in Hamilton, for which he received a 2016 Tony Award nomination. He also was up for a Tony for his role as Melchior in Spring Awakening.

Christian Borle, who plays sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., received an Oustanding Featured Actor nomination. The actor also earned a 2017 Tony Award for his work in Falsettos. Borle also won Tony Awards for Something Rotten! and Peter and the Starcatcher.

Ari Groover, who plays Ronnette in the musical, got an Outstanding Featured Actress nomination. Her credits include a Broadway role in Holler If Ya Hear Me, an Off-Broadway part in Bare the Musical and a film role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Adapted from the classic 1960 film by Roger Corman, the musical follows the incredible exploits and trials of plant shop employee Seymour, his co-worker and love interest Audrey and her hilariously cruel boyfriend, Dr. Orin Scrivello. Oh yes, there’s also a man-eating plant from outer space they call Audrey II that is out to get everyone in sight.

Michael Meyer directed the show, with Will Van Dyke providing the orchestration and arrangements.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the results of the awards presentation next month.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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