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Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, and 'Little Shop' coming to Encores! Off-Center

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Broadway and TV crossover stars Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff are returning to the New York stage in the summer for the Encores! Off-Center series, which will also feature a one-night-only revival of Little Shop of Horrors starring the original Audrey, Ellen Greene. 

Groff will star in William Finn’s autobiographical work A New Brain, about a composer diagnosed with a brain tumor. The production will be directed by James Lapine, who wrote the musical’s book with Finn. Foster, meanwhile, will reunite with Joshua Henry, with whom she starred in Broadway’s Violet, for The Wild Party. The Wild Party features music, lyrics, and book by Andrew Lippa and is based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem. Violet also originated at Off-Center.

Although all the runs will be extremely limited, with A New Brain and The Wild Party lasting only five performances, Little Shop will be even more so. On July 1, Ellen Greene will return to the role she played onstage and screen in a Dick Scanlan-directed production of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s musical about a man-eating plant