Who Should Play Seymour in the Encores! Production of Little Shop of Horrors? | Playbill

Polls Who Should Play Seymour in the Encores! Production of Little Shop of Horrors? New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center series will offer a one-night-only performance of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors. Ellen Greene, who created the role of the lovably ditzy Audrey both on stage and screen, will reprise that performance July 1, 2015. Playbill.com took to social media to gage who our readers think should star opposite Greene in the role of Seymour.

Carrie Fowler: Rick Moranis. I refuse to give any other answer

Amy Zimmerman Levine: Rick Moranis. If Ellen Greene isn’t old enough than Rick Moranis isn’t. 

Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis

For fans of the 1986 film version of Little Shop of Horrors, there will only ever be one Seymour. Moranis’ portrayal of the down-on-his-luck plant shop worker in the popular musical movie garnered worldwide attention as the film quickly rose to classic cult status. He also starred “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “Ghostbusters,” “Parenthood” and “The Flintstones.” In recent years he has worked as a voice actor for animated films like Walt Disney’s “Brother Bear.” 

Emily Hackett: Ben Fankhauser!!

Ben Fankhauser

Ben Fankhauser

With his sweet looks and lovable geeky style, many Playbill.com readers thought Ben Fankhauser would be a good fit for the role of nerdy Seymour. Fankhauser made his Broadway debut as one of the beloved Newsies in 2012, where he quickly began to garner a strong fan following. A fan page, F**k Yes, Ben Fankhauser, is updated daily with pictures of the star.


Mark Femia: Darren Criss

Darren Criss

Darren Criss

Star of stage and screen, Darren Criss launched his Broadway career in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, succeeding Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch. Criss is best known for his portrayal of openly gay student Blaine on the popular television series “Glee.” His first musical number on the show, a cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” became the fastest-selling “Glee” single and reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. He recently released a solo EP and starred alongside Kristen Wiig in the film “A Girl Most Likely.”

Kelley Manson: I thought Hunter Foster did a great job on Broadway; I’d like to see him again.

Hunter Foster

Hunter Foster and Kerry Butler in Little Shop of Horrors Photo by Richard Mitchell

Hunter Foster was an obvious choice for many Playbill.com readers, as he played the lead role of Seymour in the 2003 Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors. His portrayal of Seymour was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Foster's numerous Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County (2014), Urinetown the Musical, The Producers and Footloose.

Kathryn Lenardon: Joey Fatone, he was FANTASTIC during his run with the show on Broadway!

Joey Fatone

Joey Fatone Photo by James Sorenson

Joey Fatone is another actor already familiar with the role of Seymour, having succeeded Hunter Foster in the Broadway production. Fatone shot to worldwide fame as a member of the pop band ‘N Sync and has since become a popular television personality. He has been featured on “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Price is Right” and was also on Broadway in Rent. 


Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick, who currently stars as Peter Austin in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of It’s Only a Play, has a long list of stage and film credits. Other performances on Broadway include The Odd Couple, The Producers and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Broderick is the winner of two Tony Awards and has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award numerous times.  He has starred in several films but is perhaps best known for his leading role as Ferris Bueller in the cult classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” 

Aubree Tafoya: Neil Patrick Harris could do it!!!

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Neil Patrick Harris recently concluded his run in the title role of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a performance that saw him win a string of awards, including the Tony Award for Best Actor, the Drama Desk and Drama League Awards. He has performed on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s Assasins, Proof and Cabaret and hosted the Tony Awards on several occasions.  Also a star of the silver screen, the Emmy winner played one of the lead characters in the popular television series “How I Met Your Mother.” He will host the upcoming Academy Awards. 

Deborah Tragasz: Aaron Tveit! He did it in high school, I’d love to see him do it on a larger scale. (And get him back to New York theatre!)

Aaron Tveit

Aaron Tveit

Aaron Tveit made his debut on Broadway as Link Larkin in Hairspray in 2006, quickly becoming an audience favorite. Later credits include Fiyero in Wicked, Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can. Not only a star of the stage, he played Enjolras in the feature-film adaptation of Les Miserables in 2012 and portrays Mike Warren in the television series “Graceland.” Tveit is currently making his London stage debut as a murderer in the Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins

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