5th Avenue Theatre & ACT to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 3/8-6/15

Straight from Skid Row, Audrey II is taking a bite out of Seattle in Little Shop of Horrors, the delightfully demented musical comedy about a man and his plant. Based on the 1960 black comedy film, this hysterical musical devours audiences in the fourth of an incredibly successful string of collaborations between The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT - A Contemporary Theatre. After his recent Broadway debut at the helm of First Date, The 5th Avenue's own Bill Berry will direct this camp horror hit that ran for five years Off-Broadway. Little Shop of Horrors features an incredible cast that includes Seattle stars Joshua Carter, Jessica Skerritt, Jeff Steitzer, David Anthony Lewis, Eric Esteb, Ekello J. Harrid, Jr., Alexandria Henderson, Naomi Morgan, and Nicole Rashida Prothro.

Little Shop of Horrors plays March 8-June 15, 2014 (press opening March 13) at ACT - A Contemporary Theatre (700 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101). Tickets (starting at $20) may be purchased online at www.acttheatre.org, by phone at 206-292-7676, or at the ACT Box Office at 700 Union Street in downtown Seattle.

"We were looking for a show that would not only honor the mission of both our great organizations, but with ACT's 50th Anniversary coming up next season, we wanted to honor some of our favorite moments from this theatre's history" said ACT Artistic Director Kurt Beattie. "Little Shop of Horrors was a musical produced in our company's early days. Reflecting on what a great success it's become, it felt very appropriate to bring it back to our stage at this time."

"Little Shop of Horrors is no doubt one of the greatest musicals ever crafted," said 5th Avenue Artistic Director and Executive Producer David Armstrong. "It is the perfect musical for our two great theaters. This is a show that would be fine on our stage, but in ACT's more intimate space, it will really blow audiences away."

Little Shop of Horrors follows Seymour, a hapless young florist who desperately longs to win the heart of his fellow florist Audrey, while at the same time raising Audrey II-the mysterious plant with a man-eating appetite. Audiences won't soon forget the world's most sadistic dentist, Skid Row's Doo-Wop-meets-Motown girl group, or the spectacular puppetry that brings to life Audrey II's ravenous hunger.

Bill Berry returns to the director's chair after recently making his Broadway debut at the helm of another 5th Avenue/ACT Theatre collaboration - First Date. "This has always been one of my favorite shows," Berry said. "It has been a dream of mine to direct this show since the very first time I saw it." Berry is the Producing Artistic Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre, where he has directed acclaimed productions of On the Town, West Side Story (Seattle Times Footlight Award), Wonderful Town (Seattle Times Footlight Award), Smokey Joe's Café and The Wizard of Oz. He also directed On the Town at Paper Mill Playhouse. His re-imagined production of Cabaret received awards in St. Paul and Houston and has been performed at The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Ordway, the American Musical Theatre of San Jose and Theatre Under The Stars.

Berry also spearheads the education and outreach programs for The 5th Avenue Theatre. He has significantly expanded the scope and impact of these initiatives including spearheading the creation of Fridays At The 5th, The 5th Avenue Awards honoring excellence in high school musical theater, the Show Talk series and substantially increasing the reach of The 5th Avenue Theatre's Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company (AMT) throughout the Northwest. In addition to directing these productions, he has written the book for two AMT productions: Klondike, the story of the Alaskan Gold Rush, and Journey West!, a musical based on the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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