Skylight Music Theatre Announces One-Day Sale on July 26 for Holiday Production of 'Little Shop of Horrors'
After year delay, performances scheduled November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Milwaukee, Wis. (July 20, 2021) — Skylight Music Theatre today announced a one-day sale for 25% off tickets for Little Shop of Horrors, running November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022. Little Shop of Horrors was originally planned for the 2020 holiday season, but postponed due to the pandemic. Performances will take place in the Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.
Little Shop has become a worldwide phenomenon, devouring the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. Featuring a disarmingly funny love story and what is probably the most famous carnivorous plant in music theatre history, Little Shop of Horrors offers hilarious entertainment for the whole family.
The music, by creative geniuses Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin), blends pop, doo-wop, Broadway, and Motown into heartfelt songs including “Suddenly Seymour” and “Somewhere that’s Green.”
One Day Ticket Sale Monday, July 26
On Monday, July 26 there will be a one-day sale offering 25% off single adult ‘A’ level tickets to Little Shop of Horrors. Call the Box Office (414) 291-7800 or visit at 158 N. Broadway from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., or online at www.skylightmusictheatre.org from 10 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. Use promo code PLANT25.
Skylight Revival Captures the Holiday Spirit
“Little Shop has been on our list to revive ever since it was a hit when Skylight presented it in 2003,” said Artistic Director Michael Unger, who will direct the production. “We were getting close to opening this show last November, but had to delay due to the pandemic. We are thrilled to pick up where we left off and return to entertaining audiences with this tuneful, fun, and beloved musical.”
Little Shop will offer special New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day performances.
Creative Team Features Familiar Faces and Special Guests
Artistic Director Michael Unger will mark his Skylight mainstage directorial debut with Little Shop of Horrors. Unger was appointed as Artistic Director in September 2019, but his inaugural mainstage season was impacted by the pandemic.
“After the year we’ve had, Little Shop’s hilarious and quirky story, loveable characters, tuneful score, and of course, massive, R&B singing carnivorous plant, will deliver the kind of biting satire and offbeat fun audiences have been missing, still crave, and are ready to return to,” said Unger.
Music Director for the show is David Bonofiglio, who returns to Skylight after music directing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Oklahoma!, Urinetown and Pippin. He will lead a three-piece band.
Gerry McIntyre will choreograph Little Shop of Horrors. He choreographed Berkshire Theatre Group's acclaimed production of Godspell last summer, the first musical to be produced in the U.S. since the pandemic shut down theater in 2020. An original Broadway cast member of Once on this Island in 1990, McIntyre has appeared on Broadway in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Uptown…It’s Hot!, and Anything Goes, among others.
Skylight Revival of Hit Broadway Musical
Little Shop of Horrors premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway, where it had a five-year run. It later received numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad, and a subsequent Broadway production in 2003. Currently, it is generating buzz for an off-Broadway revival starring Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Christian Borle (Something Rotten!), and Tammy Blanchard (“Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”). Little Shop of Horrors was also made into a 1986 film of the same name, directed by Frank Oz. At Skylight, the show was first presented in 2003.
“Little Shop is an immensely popular title,” said Unger. “We think audiences will be thrilled to see this timeless favorite featuring our wonderful and diverse local cast.”
The New York Times said Little Shop of Horrors “leaves the audience... feeling just like Audrey II between victims – ravenous for more.” Variety praised the “score that’s timelessly sweet and soulful.” Timeout New York called it “layers of sweetness, humor, and wit” and Deadline called it an “international theatrical staple” and “an invigorating blast.”
Health and Safety Protocols
Skylight Music Theatre follows local government, CDC and State of Wisconsin guidelines in consultation with area doctors. Protocols are subject to change and may be revised pending updates. Skylight requests masks for those who are not vaccinated and encourages anyone who feels safer wearing a mask to do so. Skylight’s staff is fully vaccinated and requires casts, musicians and crews to be vaccinated.
For up-to-date protocols, please visit our website at www.skylightmusictheatre.org/health.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Nov. 19, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Directed by Michael Unger
Choreographed by Gerry McIntyre (Original Broadway cast member Once on This Island)
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
Sponsored by Private Asset Management – Baird
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS CREATIVE TEAM
Director - Michael Unger
Music Director - David Bonofiglio
Choreographer - Gerry McIntyre
Scenic Designer - Brian Prather
Costume Designer - Kristina Sneshkoff
Lighting Designer - Graham Kindred
Sound Designer - John Tanner
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS CAST (In order of appearance)
Chiffon - Tasha McCoy
Crystal - Brandite Reed
Ronnette - Raven Dockery
Mushnik - David Flores
Audrey - Ashley Oviedo
Seymour - Kevin James Sievert
Orin - Seth K. Hale
Audrey II (Puppet) - Gabriella Ashlin
Audrey II (Voice) - Aaron Reese Boseman
CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
Michael Unger (Director) joined Skylight as Artistic Director in 2019. Unger is also the Producing Artistic Director of NewArts in Newtown, CT, which he started with a local father in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. For NewArts, he has directed a dozen large-scale musicals involving over 650 local children. Most recently he was Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education for Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company. Unger has directed multiple benefit concerts, including for Susan Stroman and Andre DeShields as well as for the Sandy Hook, CT and Parkland, FL communities. Selected world premieres include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Caligula, and A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is featured in the award-winning documentary film, Midsummer in Newtown. Other directing credits include McCarter Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Deaf West, and The St. Louis MUNY.
David Bonofiglio (Music Director) holds a BFA in piano performance from Cardinal Stritch University. Selected credits as musical director: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Oklahoma, Urinetown, and Pippin for Skylight Music Theatre; Little by Little, Scrooge in Rouge, A Cudahy Caroler Christmas, and Jesus Christ Superstar for In Tandem Theatre; Sunday in the Park with George for Windfall Theatre. As assistant music director: A Christmas Carol for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. As cover piano/conductor: Once on This Island and La Cage Aux Folles for Skylight Music Theatre. As keyboardist and programmer: Powder Her Face, Les Misérables, In the Heights, Newsies and La Cage Aux Folles for Skylight Music Theatre.
Gerry McIntyre (Choreographer) won acclaim for his choreography of Berkshire Theatre Group's sellout production of Godspell. He is Associate Artistic Director of the York Theatre and made his directing debut at the York with Hallelujah Baby. Other credits include Kinky Boots (The Hangar Theatre), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville), Chicago (Ogunquit Playhouse), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Lyric Theatre) and the National Tour of Dreamgirls. He is the choreographer of the hit-off Broadway show Spamilton. Other choreographer credits: Forbidden Broadway The Next Generation (York Theatre), Side by Side, Tommy and My Fair Lady (Berkshire Theatre Festival). As a performer he was in the original Broadway company of Once On this Island, Anything Goes with Patti Lupone, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond.
CAST BIOGRAPHIES (in order of appearance)
Tasha McCoy (Chiffon) made her Skylight debut as Wanda in Crowns in 2016. She has performed on stages in Milwaukee theaters and venues as both an actress and vocalist. For over 20 years, her work in both theater and vocal performances have established her as a seasoned actor and working artist in Milwaukee's diverse arts community.
Brandite ‘Brandi’ Reed (Crystal) grew up in Milwaukee's Bronzeville and studied classical and jazz music at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Through community arts organizations such as the African American Children’s theater and Milwaukee Inner-city Arts Council she was introduced to musical theater. She performed in Black Arts MKE’s 2018 & 2019 productions of Black Nativity at the Marcus Performing Arts Center. She appeared in Three Sisters Named Flo at Skylight’s Cabaret. Reed is currently a Teaching Artist at Black Arts MKE, First Stage Children’s Theatre and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Raven Dockery (Ronnette) previously appeared at Skylight as Ismene in The Gospel of Colonus, Lula Buffington in Violet, Velma in Crowns, Asaka in Once on this Island and Dionne in Hair. She was also in KidsWrites: Me, Myself and I and Cabaret Series: Raven and Ryan on Shuffle. Dockery has a Masters Degree in Music Vocal Pedagogy for Music Theatre Singing from Carthage College. She received her B.F.A. for Music Theatre Performance from UW-Milwaukee. Dockery has performed with First Stage, Milwaukee Rep and Black Arts MKE.
David Flores (Mushnik) has performed with many Milwaukee theater, music, and dance companies including Alchemist, Boulevard, Cornerstone, First Stage, In Tandem, Milwaukee Chamber, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Off The Wall, Optimist, Renaissance, Theater X, Theatre Gigante, Windfall, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Wild Space Dance. Previous appearances at Skylight Music Theatre include Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, Zoltan Karpathy in My Fair Lady, Kevin Rosario in In the Heights, The Barber in Man of La Mancha, and Hives in Animal Crackers. Flores studied music and dance at Harvard University and is a long-time member of the City of Milwaukee Arts Board.
Ashley Oviedo (Audrey) is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, with a BFA in musical theater. She has most recently been seen as Cecily in the virtual musical Being Earnest at Skylight Music Theatre. Other credits include Anna in The Green Room Zoom with Round Earth Entertainment in association with RnD Productions; as Aquarius/Harper/Dana/Adia in When We Were Stars at Next Stage Theater; and as Maggie in the workshop reading of The Mill on the Potomac at First Flight Theater Company. She is also currently part of the workshop cast of The Boy from Troy at The Creative Co-Lab.
Kevin James Sievert (Seymour) is an actor, singer, choreographer and musician based in Wisconsin. Sievert has been seen previously in Skylight productions of Hot Mikado, Urinetown, Disney’s Newsies, The Gospel at Colonus and Five Guys Named Moe as Little Moe. Other Milwaukee credits include Carrie: The Musical with Outskirts Theatre and choreographer for Waukesha South’s 2020 production of Pippin.
Seth K. Hale (Orin) makes his Skylight debut in Little Shop of Horrors. Some of his most recent roles in the Milwaukee area include Byron in Not Today with Forge Theater, Sholem Asch in Indecent with Music Theatre of Madison and Kenny in Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Next Act.
Gabriella Ashlin (Audrey II Manipulation) holds her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Recent acting credits include Sleeping Beauty in Disenchanted! and Frieda in Carrie: The Musical with Outskirts Theatre Company, Sebastian in The Tempest with Mad Rogues, understudying Dull Gret/Jeanine in Top Girls with Renaissance Theatreworks, and performing in Renaissance Theatreworks’s Br!nk Briefs. She regularly performs at Kohl’s Wild Theater.
Aaron Reese Boseman (Audrey II Voice) is a Chicago native and graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Boseman is co-founder/artistic director of Pulse Theatre Chicago. He has been nominated for multiple BTAA and Black Excellence awards and a Jeff Award. Acting credits: Benny in In The Heights at The Miracle Center, Shrek in Shrek at Windy City Performs, Flick in Violet at Loyola, Senator Lowell in Do Re Mi and Ronnie in Golden Boy at Porchlight Music Theatre, Jim u/s, in Big River at Theatre at the Center, Entertainer in Balm in Gilead at Griffin Theatre, and Coalhouse in Ragtime at The Drama Group.
Performances of Little Shop of Horrors are Friday, November 19 through Sunday, January 2 in the beautiful Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee.
Subscriptions are on sale now. Subscribers get the best seats at the best prices and receive early access to the one-day sale. Subscriptions can be purchased through the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office. Call (414) 291-7800 or visit 158 N. Broadway, Monday – Friday, from noon - 5 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Special hours for Monday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
One Day Ticket Sale Monday, July 26
On July 26, there will be a one-day ticket sale offering 25% off single adult ‘A’ level tickets to Little Shop of Horrors with promo code PLANT25. Subscribers get early access to the sale. On July 26, call the Box Office at (414-291-7800 or visit at 158 N. Broadway from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online at www.skylightmusictheatre.org from 10 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
• Please let the Box Office know if accessible seating is needed, or if patrons will have a wheelchair or walker.
• Box Office hours are Mon. – Fri. Noon - 5 p.m. The Box Office window is also open two hours prior to performances. Special hours for Monday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more by calling (414) 299-4972 or emailing email@example.com
• If you have ADA needs please contact the Box Office (414) 291-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Skylight offers a risk-free guarantee to exchange, credit, or refund tickets for any canceled performances.
• For more information visit www.skylightmusictheatre.org or email email@example.com
Skylight Insights. In-depth discussions with directors and special guests take place one hour before every Wednesday and Sunday performance.
ASL Performance. Little Shop of Horrors will be interpreted in American Sign Language on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets for this performance, call Skylight Music Theatre's Box Office at (414) 291-7800 and mention ASL performance for seating in the appropriate section.
Sensory Friendly Performance. A sensory-friendly performance of Little Shop of Horrors will take place Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Support for Sensory Friendly performance provided by UPAF Connect.
Skylight Bar & Bistro
The Skylight Bar & Bistro is located on the second floor of The Broadway Theatre Center.
Purchase $5 parking vouchers from the Broadway Theatre Center Box office for use in the Historic Third Ward parking garage at 212 N. Milwaukee Street (one block east and one block north). Vouchers are valid between 5 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. for evening performances. Matinee vouchers are valid 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Not valid for Wednesday matinees. Voucher sales stop 30 minutes before showtime. Advance purchase recommended so that vouchers can be mailed with tickets. No refunds.
Meter parking is available on the street (free after 6 p.m. and on Sundays).
HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Skylight Music Theatre’s goal is to keep patrons, staff artists, and the community safe, and give you the confidence to return to live theatre. Guidelines may be revised pending updates from the City of Milwaukee, State of Wisconsin and the CDC. More information at www.skylightmusictheatre.org/about/health-and-safety-protocols.
ABOUT SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE
Skylight Music Theatre marks its 62nd season in 2021-2022. Skylight is Milwaukee’s professional music theatre company, producing the full spectrum of music theatre ranging from blockbuster Broadway musicals to reimagined operas, and from exciting world premieres to contemporary off-Broadway hits. Skylight’s home is the 350-seat Cabot Theatre, modeled after an 18th century French opera house. It is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful theatres in Milwaukee. With just 350 seats everyone has a great view and feels close to the powerful emotions on stage.
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