Charleston entertainer and producer Brad Moranz will join former cast members of “Little Shop of Horrors” for a tribute event in New York City next month. Moranz played the role of Seymour in the off-Broadway production from 1982 to 1983. “Little Shop of Horrors,” the story of a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh, eventually made its way to Broadway and was made into a film in 1986.
Actors from all incarnations of “Little Shop of Horrors” – the film, the Broadway musical and more – will gather on June 27 at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a Broadway supper club just steps from Times Square. The event will draw together personal stories and anecdotes that offer a glimpse into the experience of the comedy rock musical composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman.
More than 20 years ago, Moranz and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Charleston to be part of what is now the longest-running show in the Lowcountry, the Charleston Christmas Special. They continue to produce that holiday show along with other musical variety shows at the Charleston Music Hall.
“I feel downright lucky to have been able to be part of such a great show, and to have had the opportunity to work with such brilliant writers – Howard Ashman and Alan Menken – who wrote not only this, but also ‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Aladdin,’” Moranz says. “To this day, when I work with young actors, I find myself quoting things I learned by working with these men.”