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Ellen Greene

 
Date Of Birth:
February 22, 1950 (72)
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Bio:
Ellen Greene was performing as a nightclub singer in several New York City clubs and treading the boards in New York City theater before her friend and mentor, filmmaker Paul Mazursky cast her in her first motion picture, Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), she was awarded the part of Sarah, ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: February 22, 1950 (72)

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Bio:
Ellen Greene was performing as a nightclub singer in several New York City clubs and treading the boards in New York City theater before her friend and mentor, filmmaker Paul Mazursky cast her in her first motion picture, Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), she was awarded the part of Sarah, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Encores Off-Center Production, 2015
Audrey
  [West End]
Return Engagement [West End], 2011
Princess/Nymph Queen/Enchantress
  [Broadway]
1993
Mabel
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1992
P. Burke
Nola
  [Off-Broadway]
1992
P. Burke/Nola
  [Off-Broadway]
1990
Ellis
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1982
Audrey
Audrey
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Showcase, 1982
Performer
  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1979
Sonia Wolsk
  [Off-Broadway]
1979
United Nations Referee/ Eurydice
  [Off-Broadway]
1977
Jenny Towler
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1976
Jenny
  [Off-Broadway]
1974
Chrissy
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1973
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Suzanne
The Little Rose
Suzanne/Little Rose

Photos

Michael Jackson with Ellen Greene and the cast of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at the Westw Photo

Michael Jackson with Ellen Greene and the cast of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles, 1983

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06/25/2020
Ellen Greene and Lee Wilkof Photo

Ellen Greene and Lee Wilkof

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Date:
07/02/2015
Ellen Greene and Alan Menken Photo

Ellen Greene and Alan Menken

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Date:
07/02/2015
Ellen Greene, Alan Menken and Lee Wilkof Photo

Ellen Greene, Alan Menken and Lee Wilkof

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Date:
07/02/2015

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Encores Off-Center Production, 2015
Audrey

  [West End]
Return Engagement [West End], 2011
Princess/Nymph Queen/Enchantress

  [Broadway]
1993
Mabel

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1992
P. Burke

Nola

  [Off-Broadway]
1992
P. Burke/Nola

  [Off-Broadway]
1990
Ellis

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1982
Audrey

Audrey

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Showcase, 1982
Performer

  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1979
Sonia Wolsk

  [Off-Broadway]
1979
United Nations Referee/ Eurydice

  [Off-Broadway]
1977
Jenny Towler

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1976
Jenny

  [Off-Broadway]
1974
Chrissy

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1973
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Suzanne

The Little Rose

Suzanne/Little Rose

Ellen Greene Biography

Ellen Greene was performing as a nightclub singer in several New York City clubs and treading the boards in New York City theater before her friend and mentor, filmmaker Paul Mazursky cast her in her first motion picture, Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), she was awarded the part of Sarah, opposite Lenny Baker. Four years after she originated the role of Audrey, the lovably ditzy, golden-hearted, sweetest masochist in musical-comedy history in Howard Ashman's 1982 Off-Broadway play, The Little Shop of Horrors, the actress reprised the role in Frank Oz's film adaptation, Little Shop of Horrors (1986) (in which she starred opposite Rick Moranis and Steve Martin). Up to the present time, this is the actress's most talked-about and celebrated role.

A few years later, Greene starred in the American drama film Talk Radio (1988), she played the part of Ellen, opposite Eric Bogosian and Alec Baldwin. Aside from the actress's work in these two motion pictures, and ABC's fantasy mystery comedy-drama television series, Pushing Daisies (2007), in which she and Swoosie Kurtz play Lily and Vivian Charles, the agoraphobic sisters. Greene has also provided her talent to Law & Order (1990), The X-Files (1993), Heroes (2006), and The Young and the Restless (1973).

In July 2015, Greene brought back Audrey for a two-night revival of Little Shop of Horrors at New York City Center. She starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal (who replaced Moranis). The revival received rave reviews, and according to The New York Times, when Greene made her entrance on stage, she received the kind of entrance applause you might imagine greeting the resurrection of Maria Callas at the Metropolitan Opera for a beyond-the-grave performance of "Norma."

Ellen Greene Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Ellen Greene, Little Shop of Horrors
 
Olivier Awards - 1983 - Actress of the Year in a Musical
Ellen Greene, Little Shop Of Horrors
 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ellen Green , Threepenny Opera

Ellen Greene News

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS' Khadija Sankoh Takes Over Our Instagram Today! Photo LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS' Khadija Sankoh Takes Over Our Instagram Today!
by Social Watch - Sep 21, 2022

Today is the day it all began in Little Shop of Horrors! To celebrate, tune into our Instagram story today as Khadija Sankoh takes you behind the scenes of her day at Little Shop of Horrors!

Elizabeth Stanley to Lead Industry Reading of WHO KILLED MARILYN? This Week Photo Elizabeth Stanley to Lead Industry Reading of WHO KILLED MARILYN? This Week
by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2022

Broadway Baby Productions will present private industry readings of -Who Killed Marilyn‚ÄĚ a new play by Sharleen Cooper Cohen. Directed by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Evening Rapture_), the readings will be held on Friday, September 16th at 11:00am and 2:30pm.

Photos: First Look at Lena Hall as Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Photo Photos: First Look at Lena Hall as Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 13, 2022

Production photos have been released of Tony Award winner Lena Hall as Audrey, in the three-time Best Revival Award-winning LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, now in its third year of performances at the Westside Theatre. Check out photos here!

Brad Oscar, Bryce Pinkham & Tiffany Renee Thompson to Join LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Photo Brad Oscar, Bryce Pinkham & Tiffany Renee Thompson to Join LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 7, 2022

Tony-nominated Broadway veterans¬†Brad Oscar¬†(Something Rotten!, The Producers, Jekyll & Hyde) and¬†Bryce Pinkham¬†(A Gentleman's¬†Guide to Love and Murder,¬†The Heidi Chronicles,¬†‚ÄúMercy Street‚ÄĚ) will join the cast of¬†Little Shop of Horrors Off-Broadway this month.¬†

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley to Kick Off 52nd Season With LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Photo TheatreWorks Silicon Valley to Kick Off 52nd Season With LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 24, 2022

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will kick off its 52nd season with Little Shop of Horrors, reset in San Francisco’s Chinatown. In this offbeat musical, narrated through doo-wop ditties by a trio of street urchins, meek florist Seymour finds himself catapulted into instant celebrity when he cultivates an otherworldly showstopper, a highly unusual plant.

Words From the Wings: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS' Khalifa White on How She Bonds With Her Photo Words From the Wings: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS' Khalifa White on How She Bonds With Her Castmates Backstage, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Aug 8, 2022

We're chatting with Khalifa White of Little Shop of Horrors, who told us about how she bonds with the others in the girls' dressing room, and more! Check out her answers here!

Lena Hall to Play Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Beginning in September Photo Lena Hall to Play Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Beginning in September
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 27, 2022

Tony Award-winning actress¬†Lena Hall¬†(Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots,¬†‚ÄúSnowpiercer‚ÄĚ) will take on the role of Audrey in the three-time Best Musical Revival Award-winning production of¬†LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS¬†this fall, beginning¬†Tuesday, September 6, 2022¬†at the¬†Westside Theatre.

DADDY'S EYES Added to Oscar-Qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival Photo DADDY'S EYES Added to Oscar-Qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival
by Michael Major - Jul 19, 2022

DADDY‚ÄôS EYES is produced by Drew Ann and John K. Anderson, and written by Anderson; additional talent includes director of photography Byron Werner, editor Steven Nevius, production designer Kelsey Wright, and costume designer Danielle ‚ÄúDani‚ÄĚ Brown. Music was scored by John Ballinger, with additional music production by Mike Farrell.

TheatreWorks Announces 52nd Season Including Two World Premieres Photo TheatreWorks Announces 52nd Season Including Two World Premieres
by Stephi Wild - Jul 13, 2022

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announced its 52nd season, featuring six plays and musicals to be presented November 2022 through August 2023. Three of the season's productions will be mounted at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, and three will be staged at Palo Alto's Lucie Stern Theatre. Subscriptions are now available; single tickets will be available in the coming months at TheatreWorks.org.

ATTACK OF THE MONSTER MUSICAL: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS to be Pub Photo ATTACK OF THE MONSTER MUSICAL: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS to be Published in September
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 5, 2022

How does a B movie shot in two days with a budget of $30,000 spawn one of the most popular American musicals? In Attack of the Monster Musical: A Cultural History of Little Shop of Horrors, Adam Abraham chronicles this unlikely phenomenon: how an obscure 1960 Roger Corman film inspired the mega-hit Little Shop of Horrors, which became a global success.

Ellen Greene Videos

BWW Exclusive: Songs from the Vault with Ellen Greene VideoBWW Exclusive: Songs from the Vault with Ellen Greene
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 29, 2020

In 2004, BroadwayWorld gathered a slew of stars for Standing Ovations 2- a special concert event at Joe's Pub. Below, watch as Ellen Greene sings a classic, 'Somewhere That's Green.'

BWW TV: Come-a, Come-a, Come and Check Out Highlights from Opening Night of LITTLE SH VideoBWW TV: Come-a, Come-a, Come and Check Out Highlights from Opening Night of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by TV - Opening Night Special - Oct 18, 2019

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, starring Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard and Christian Borle, opened just last night, October 17 at The Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rd St, NYC), where it plays through January 19, 2020. We're taking you inside opening night below!

VIDEO: On This Day, July 1 - Jake Gyllenhaal And Ellen Greene Star In LITTLE SHOP OF  VideoVIDEO: On This Day, July 1 - Jake Gyllenhaal And Ellen Greene Star In LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS At City Center
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 1, 2019

On this day in 2015, Jake Gyllenhaal and original 'Audrey', Ellen Greene took the stage at City Center in a concert production of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors.

VIDEO: Taran Killam Does Impression of Murray Head, Talks Upcoming COMPANY Episode of VideoVIDEO: Taran Killam Does Impression of Murray Head, Talks Upcoming COMPANY Episode of 'Documentary Now!' and More
by Stage Tube - Sep 20, 2018

SNL and Broadway alum Taran Killam appeared on last night's episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers. Killam proposed a SNL sketch in which Murray Head has a talk show but can only speak in the cadence in which he sings One Night in Bangkok from Chess. Killam then proceeded to do his own impression of Head.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsal for David Rabe's IN THE BOOM BOOM ROOM Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

A new video offering a sneak peek into rehearsals for the upcoming revival of In the Boom Boom Room made its debut today - check it out below!

VIDEO: Taran Killam Talks Joining Broadway's HAMILTON: 'I've Never Been More Nervous'
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 3, 2017

Taran Killam stopped by today's LIVE to talk about his role in the Broadway musical HAMILTON. 'I've never been more nervous,' joked the SNL alum.

VIDEO: 'Today' Shares First Look at Taran Killam as HAMILTON's King George
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 19, 2017

On this morning's TODAY, Al Roker visited Killam as he demonstrated his British accent and prepared for his first performance in front of a sold-out crowd.

Photo: First Look at Taran Killam in Full Regalia as HAMILTON's Newest King George!
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 17, 2017

Taran Killam makes his Broadway debut as HAMILTON's King George III tonight, January 17th. Former King George Rory O'Malley played his final performance on January 15.

STAGE TUBE: Join Rory O'Malley on Ham4Ham and Attend the Coronation of New King Taran Killam
by Stage Tube - Jan 15, 2017

All rulers have their time, but the throne must never be empty. Watch Rory O'Malley on Ham4Ham as he abdicates his post and celebrates the coronation of Hamilton's new King George, Taran Killam.

VIDEO: Taran Killam Talks First HAMILTON Rehearsal on 'Late Night': 'It's Awesome!'
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 20, 2016

On last night's LATE NIGHT, guest Taran Killam talked to Seth about joining the cast of the Broadway hit musical HAMILTON as the scene-stealing King George III. 


Ellen Greene Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Ellen Greene been in?
Ellen Greene has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Ellen Greene been in?
Ellen Greene has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Ellen Greene's first West End show?
Ellen Greene's first West End show was Betwixt! which opened in 2011

What awards has Ellen Greene been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Little Shop of Horrors Actress of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Little Shop Of Horrors and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Threepenny Opera .