Looks like Jake Gyllenhaal will be heading to Broadway once again. This time around, he’s making his musical debut in Little Shop of Horrors at City Center.
According to the New York Times, Gyllenhaal will play the role of Seymour. Even though the comedic film The Little Shop of Horrors was released in 1960, and the Broadway play followed in the ’80s, the most popular Seymour to date is Rick Moranis, who played the role in the 1986 film.
— broadway.com (@broadwaycom) April 14, 2015
In the play, nerdy Seymour tries to win over his crush/co-worker Audrey by buying a plant. Opposite Gyllenhaal is SNL’s Taran Killam who will also be making his debut on Broadway. Killam will play Audrey’s psycho-boyfriend, and Chuck Cooper will play the famous plant, who’s appetite is insatiable. According to Deadline this will be a two-day adventure, so it’s not much of a commitment.
“The musical (and 1986 movie) will run July 1-2 at the Midtown West venue. Dick Scanlan directs, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox.”
Previous to Little Shop of Horrors, Jake Gyllenhaal took to the stage in the play Constellations, opposite The Affair star Ruth Wilson. Prior to the two day concert, Little Shop of Horrors ran in 2003. At the time, NSYNC member Joey Fatone joined the cast as Seymour. Back then he replaced Tony nominated Hunter Foster, who originally had the role during the run. Although it’s a limited run, it seems like everyone is excited if not intrigued to see what Jake Gyllenhaal will do with the famous role.
— Jenn Starr (@jstarr09) April 14, 2015
@THR @cherokeedixon holy crap that will be interesting!
— Barbara Kelley (@bgkelley411) April 14, 2015
@playbill Hmmm…I see him more as an Orin
— Jeremy Bennington (@MrProducer) April 14, 2015
@_CanneS_ Depends of the make up i feel
— Merja Mansner (@merma72) April 14, 2015
First, Bradley Cooper as Elephant Man. Now Jake Gyllenhaal is Seymour in Little Shop. Your move, Gosling. http://t.co/mDi712YAYK
— Jason Zinoman (@zinoman) April 14, 2015
Do you think Jake Gyllenhaal will be able to pull off the role of Seymour? Better yet, do you think he has the pipes? One of the rare times we’ve seen him show off his musical ability was during his hosting gig at Saturday Night Live, when he performed a song from Dreamgirls.
Check it out and tell us what you think.
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