Two performers breathing life into voracious plant in BTG's "Little Shop of Horrors"
PITTSFIELD >> The offstage voice of Broadway actress Bryonha Parham and the onstage acting talents of lip-syncing drag queen Taurean Everett will combine to create the voracious plant, Audrey II, in Berkshire Theatre Group's production of the musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," July 6-23, at The Colonial Theatre. Press opening is July 9
Ethan Heard — whose Berkshire Theatre Group credits include "Bells Are Ringing," "A Little Night Music" and "The Cat and the Canary" — is directing this musical by Alan Menken (music) and Howard Ashman (book and lyrics).
Also in the cast are Stanley Bahorek as Seymour, a timid floral assistant who nurtures Audrey II; Lindsay Nicole Chambers as the human Audrey, a salesgirl at the flower shop who Seymour secretly loves; Ron Orbach as the flower shop owner, Mushnik; and Alia Hodge, Wonu Ogunfowora, James Ludwig and Kay Trinidad.
"We wanted to find a fresh way to manifest Audrey II in all her fun and terrifying glory," Heard says in a news release from BTG. "We've decided to bring the infamous plant to life, not with a puppet, but with a fabulous lip-syncing drag queen onstage and a powerhouse, female, actor-singer offstage."
Everett played Eddie in the Broadway cast of "Mamma Mia!" He's been in national tours of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and "Guys and Dolls" and regional theater productions of "Hairspray," "A Chorus Line," "Cats," "Damn Yankees" and "Peter Pan."
Parham was last seem on Broadway in "After Midnight." Among her other New York credits are "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" and "Ragtime" on Broadway, and "Showboat" and "Sweeney Todd," both with the New York Philharmonic. Her regional theater credits include productions at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, the Kennedy Center in Washington. D.C. and North Shore Music Theatre near Boston.
Bahorek's New York credits include "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Amazing Grace," "Little Me" and "Queen of the Mist." He has performed in over 20 new plays and musicals in theaters around the country.
Chambers was seen most recently in the national tour of "Kinky Boots." She counts among her credits "Lysistrata Jones," "Legally Blonde" and "Hairspray,"
Orbach has performed on and off-Broadway in "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," "Chicago," "The God Committee," "Dance of the Vampires" and "Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends." His regional theater credits include productions at McCarter Theatre, Old Globe, Denver Center, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, where he was in "Enter Laughing."
Ticket information is available online at berkshiretheatregroup.org, by phone at (413) 997-4444, or in person at the Colonial Theatre box office, 111 South St.