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Suddenly, Seymour
Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Greene
Suddenly, Seymour

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Greene performing “Suddenly, Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors on July 2nd 2015 in NYC.
     (I’m so sorry I missed the first two and a half lines of the song, I don’t know what happened. I was probably too busy being in a trance because of Jake tbh) 


Seventeen years after it premiered at Lincoln Center Theater, A New Brain is preparing for its New York return, in an Encores! Off-Center production at City Center starring Jonathan Groff, Ana Gasteyer, and Tony winner Dan Fogler, June 24–27, 2015. (video)

“When I was in high school, someone gave me a musical theater mix tape that had two songs from the show, and then I bought the CD off of Amazon. I literally remember the moment of getting the CD and pushing “play” – I remember it so vividly, sitting with the liner notes, going through the whole CD and following along with the story. I remember my mom calling me down for dinner, and me saying, “Give me 15 more minutes, I have to find out what happens at the end of this!” From then on, it was about me memorizing all of the songs and acting them out in my bedroom.” (x)



1st July, 2015 - New York City Center Encores! Off Center

Ellen Greene as Audrey - Jake Gyllenhaal as Seymour - Taran Killam as Orin

Tracy Nicole Chapman, Marva Hicks, and Ramona Keller as the Urchins

Eddie Cooper as Audrey II

Joe Grifasi as Mushnik


Conversations with Jonathan Groff  

Career Q&A with Jonathan Groff.  Moderated by Richard Ridge, Broadway World.

Equally versatile on stage and screen, Jonathan Groff can currently be seen as King George in The Public Theater’s acclaimed world premiere musical production of Hamilton, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. In June, Groff will star in the Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn’s A New Brain at New York City Center. Jonathan Groff can also currently be seen as Patrick in the second season of the hit HBO television series, “Looking.” Created by Michael Lannan and directed and executive produced by Andrew Haigh, “Looking” follows the lives of three gay friends as they navigate life in modern-day San Francisco.

Jonathan recently appeared opposite Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood’s critically-acclaimed film, American Sniper. He also starred in the HBO telefilm, The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy and also starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, and Julia Roberts, among others. Adapted from the award-winning play by Larry Kramer, the film chronicles a gay activist who attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s. Groff also lent his voice to the character of Kristoff, the rugged mountain man, in Walt Disney Pictures’ Academy Award-winning animated comedy-adventure, Frozen. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and also featuring the vocal talents of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the film was released in November 2013 and it has since become the highest grossing animated film in history.

Other film credits: C.O.G. (2013 Sundance Film Festival), Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, and the independent drama, Twelve-Thirty.

On the small screen, Jonathan gained notoriety for his role as Jesse St. James in Fox’s hit musical comedy series, “Glee.” Groff then joined the cast of the critically-acclaimed Starz political drama series, “Boss” for its second season. Among Groff’s other television credits include a guest-starring role on the lauded CBS legal drama, “The Good Wife.”

Theater credits: Melchior Gabor in the Tony Award-winning musical, Spring Awakening (Theatre World Award, in addition to Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominations), famed role of Claude in The Public Theater’s heralded revival of Hair, which ran as part of The Public Theater’s “Shakespeare in the Park” series at the Delacorte Theatre. He was the recipient of an Obie Award for Outstanding Performance – Prayer for My Enemy, directed by Bartlett Sher, at Playrwights Horizons, and The Singing Forest, co-starring Olympia Dukakis, at the Public Theatre. West End debut in the heralded revival of Ira Levin’s Deathtrap.

Most recently, Jonathan joined Alfred Molina in the Donmar Warehouse production of the Tony Award-winning Best Play, Red at the Mark Taper 


A Look Inside the Studio: A New Brain Cast Recording

A PS Classics produced cast recording of the Encores! Off Center production of A New Brain. Recorded at MSR Studios.