Contemporary off his triumphant flip in Broadway’s “Company,” Matt Doyle is about to make Skid Row his new theatrical house.
Producers introduced Wednesday that Doyle is becoming a member of the smash off-Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors” on Nov. 15. He’ll succeed actor Rob McClure within the starring position of Seymour Krelborn, a meek flower store clerk who discovers an extraterrestrial plant that feeds on human flesh.
“I’ve been rehearsing this role in my living room and car since I was a teenager,” Doyle instructed HuffPost in an e mail. “I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take on one of my favorite characters in musical theater.”
Touchdown the half, the New York actor and singer mentioned, was “an absolute dream.”
“At my core, I’m quite an introverted nerd,” he added. “I’m thrilled to embrace that side of myself through this timeless story and score.”
The position of Seymour was originated by Jonathan Groff within the present manufacturing of “Little Shop of Horrors,” which opened at New York’s Westside Theatre in 2019, garnering rave critiques. In addition to McClure, Groff’s successors have included actors Gideon Glick, Jeremy Jordan, Conrad Ricamora and Skylar Astin.
First staged in 1982, “Little Shop of Horrors” options songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. The revival’s present forged contains Lena Corridor as Audrey and Bryce Pinkham as Orin Scrivello, Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend.
Doyle received essential reward, together with a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, for his efficiency within the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” The manufacturing concluded its run in July.
The brand new “Company” swapped the genders of a number of characters from the 1970 unique to supply a contemporary, Twenty first-century tackle love, marriage and intimacy. Doyle performed Jamie, a homosexual groom-to-be who’s having last-minute doubts about his relationship with fiancé Paul (Etai Benson). Initially, Paul and Jamie had been depicted as Paul and Amy, a heterosexual couple.
“The last time this show was revived was in 2006, when same-sex marriage wasn’t a legal right, so I don’t think [Sondheim] imagined Jamie would ever evolve in that way,” Doyle instructed HuffPost in Could. “But he was resistant to his shows becoming museum pieces. He believed in new ideas and new concepts.”
In addition to “Company,” Doyle’s theatrical résumé contains “War Horse” and “The Book of Mormon.” He made his Broadway debut as a stand-by in “Spring Awakening” in 2007, later assuming the a part of Hanschen. His debut solo album, “Uncontrolled,” was launched in 2016.