KELLY FELTHOUS (Audrey) is so happy to be returning to Drury Lane where she was last seen as Roxie Hart in Chicago The Musical, which earned her a Jeff Award nomination. She is thrilled to be back in Chicago having most recently starred as Sally Bowles in Paramount Theater's Cabaret! National Tours include: Wicked (Glinda, Nessarose u/s), Flashdance (Gloria), Grease (Marty). New York credits include the original companies of Trip of Love (Caroline), Max and Ruby (Ruby), and Seussical (Mayzie). Other favorites: South Pacific (Nellie) at Asolo Rep, Rock of Ages (Regina) regional premiere at The Gateway Playhouse, Legally Blonde (Elle) at North Shore Music Theatre, Bring It On (Eva) originating the role at the Alliance Theatre, A Chorus Line (Val) at Maine State Music Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy) at North Shore Music Theatre, Gypsy (June) at Sacramento Music Circus, and Jane Eyre at La Jolla Playhouse. Proud AEA member and NYU/CAP21 graduate. Kelly would like to thank the entire Drury Lane/Little Shop team, Gray Talent, Jonelle, Garrett, and her Mom and family for all their support!
WILL LIDKE (Seymour Krelborn) returns to Drury Lane where he previously appeared in Saturday Night Fever. Most recently he was seen as Monty in Griffin Theater’s production of Violet. Other credits include: Ride The Cyclone, Tug of War: Foreign Fire (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Mercury Theater); and Bat Boy (Griffin Theater). TV: Chicago Justice (NBC). Many thanks to his awesome Shirley Ham Fam, crazy talented friends, beautiful sister, loving parents, and superhero boyfriend, Nick, for their unwavering support.
MELANIE BREZILL (Ronnette) is excited to return to Drury Lane Oakbrook! Other Drury Lane credits include: Aida. Broadway and National Tours: The Book of Mormon and Mamma Mia! Regional: Last Stop on Market Street, My Wonderful Birthday Suit, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Man In the Ring, Caroline, Or Change (Court Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Crowns (Goodman Theatre); The MLK Project (Writers Theatre); Yeast Nation (American Theater Company); Living Green (Victory Gardens Theater); High School Musical (Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire); Once On This Island (Porchlight Music Theatre) Seussical!, Willy Wonka (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). TV Credits: Empire. She recently starred in the Illinois Lottery Commercial Get Scratchin.’ Booyah! Next up: Nina Simone: Four Women at Northlight Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support!
CANDACE C. EDWARDS (Crystal) is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with an interdisciplinary major in television. She has been in numerous shows displaying her talents and performing on stage, as well as TV and is a proud member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association. Her most recent stage credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar at the Lyric Opera Chicago (Soul Girl), Hair with Mercury Theatre, Dreamgirls with Porchlight Music Theatre (Deena Jones); Crowns with Goodman Theatre. She has also performed with Black Ensemble Theater; At Last: A Tribute to Etta James (Etta James), where she won a Black Theatre Alliance Award for her performance and Congo Square Theatre (The Nativity). Candace has also been featured in three primetime TV shows which include, Boss starring Kelsey Grammer, ABC’s, MIND Games and most recently Chicago Fire. Candace is the founder of SHE IS ART which is a nonprofit organization that exposes young women of color to diversified fields within the arts. "Faith without works, is dead”. All the love to my agents at BMG and my family for supporting my dreams! IG- @sheisar.t, @iamcandaceciara
MELANIE LOREN (Chiffon) is pleased to make her Drury Lane Theatre debut! Other theater credits include: Canamac Productions’ tour of The Defamation Experience (Atty Allen) and leading roles in Pegasus Theatre Chicago’s Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery (Daughter, Jeff ensemble nomination), Open Door Repertory Company’s Clara and eta Creative Arts’ Out Loud (Eva, Black Theater Alliance nomination). Melanie has appeared in the television series Chicago P.D., Brockmire, and APB. Additional credits include films such as Heaven On Seven, Call Center, and The Rhythm and The Blues. Melanie wants thank God and everyone involved with LSH for the opportunity to share this stage.
Ron E. Rains
RON E. RAINS (Mr. Mushnik) is a top tier actor regularly working at Chicago's biggest theaters including Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Paramount, Timeline, Northlight as well as Drury Lane, where he performed in Billy Elliot, Big! and 1776. He's played Bob Cratchit for 11 seasons in Goodman Theater's A Christmas Carol. Ron has guest starred on Chicago Justice and Chicago Med, as well as in numerous indie films. He’s played Peter Rosenthal, Head Film Critic for The Onion for 5 seasons with over 50 reviews online. Ron is represented by Paonessa Talent and is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA
Lorenzo Rush Jr.
LORENZO RUSH JR. (The Voice of Audrey II) Lorenzo is thrilled to be making his Drury Lane debut! Regional credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas) at Paramount Theater; City of Angels (Big Six), Dreamgirls (Tiny Joe) at Marriott Theater; Five Guys Named Moe (Big Moe) at Court Theater; Memphis (Delray Jones), Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum (Marcus Lycus), Ain’t Misbehavin' (Man 1) at Porchlight Music Theater. Lorenzo graduated with his BFA in musical theater from Western Illinois University. Lorenzo is a proud member of AEA and thanks Samantha and Phoebe for being his motivation. Proverbs 18:16.
MATTHEW SITZ (Audrey II Puppeteer) is excited to make his Drury Lane debut! This marks his seventh production of Little Shop as the puppeteer. Chicago credits: Once on this Island (Drummer) and Putting it Together (Drummer) at Porchlight Theatre, and Little Shop of Horrors (Puppeteer) at American Blues Theater. Regional credits include: Pajama Game (Hines), Lil' Abner (Lil' Abner), and Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow) at the Ramsdell Theatre. Matthew is Director of Audience Services at Court Theatre and would like to thank his beautiful wife, Catherine, their two-year-old son, Bodhi, and everyone at Court for supporting him.
STEVEN STRAFFORD (Orin, et al.) is making his Drury Lane Theatre Debut! Chicago Credits: Wonderful Town (Chick Clark) at The Goodman; She Loves Me (Headwaiter), Honeymoon in Vegas (Johnny Sandwich), Newsies, and Oklahoma at The Marriott Theatre; End Days (Jesus and Stephen Hawking) at Windy City Playhouse; Methtacular! (author and star--Jeff nomination) with About Face Theatre; Shrew'd (Hortensio) with First Folio Theatre. Tours: Spamalot (Herbert, Not Dead Fred et al.); Grease! (Eugene); Cinderella (Herald). Regional: Hair (Margaret Meade) at Sacramento Music Circus; Twelfth Night (Antonio) and Love's Labour's Lost (Costard) at Bakerloo Theatre Project. Many jobs at Portland Stage Company (including playing multiple roles inThe Snow Queen, multiple roles in Hound of the Baskervilles, Bob Crachit in A Christmas Carol, and Edgar and Jane in The Mystery of Irma Vep), plus a few more jobs at a few more theaters as well. Film: Thanksgiving Guest, Homecoming. TV: Chicago Fire. Steven is the author of the new play Small Jokes About Monsters which has been seen in Houston and will get its Chicagoland premiere in January of 2019 at 16th Street Theatre. Thanks to Scott, Ericka, the whole team at Drury, the folks at Gray Talent, and Wade. .
Stephen Allen Jr.
STEPHEN ALLEN JR. (u/s Seymour, Audrey II) Stephen “Blu” Allen is excited to be making his Drury Lane debut! Previous credits include: In The Heights and The Scottsboro Boys (Porchlight), Jesus Christ Superstar (Paramount) Five Guys Named Moe (Court Theatre) and Violet (Griffin Theatre) and most recently in Memphis (Porchlight) Stephen is represented by Paonessa Talent.
KRISTIN BRINTNALL (u/s Audrey) is thrilled to be working at the Drury Lane for the ﬁrst time! Regional credits include: Mamma Mia! at Maples Repertory Theatre; Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Sister Act (Mary Robert), Junie B. Jones (Junie B.), The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, and A Christmas Story at The Round Barn Theatre; Big Fish at Big Noise Theatre; and Next Thing You Know at Steel Beam Theatre. Favorite academic credits (Millikin University): Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and The Addams Family (Alice Beineke). Much love and gratitude to my supportive family and friends. www.kristinbrintnall.com
SHANTEL CRIBBS (u/s Ronnette, Crystal, Chiffon) a proud Michigan Native, is excited to make her Drury Lane debut! Chicago credits include: Memphis (Ethel, Ensemble, U/S Felicia) at Porchlight Music Theatre, Marie Christine (Women 2, Beatrice, U/S-P Marie Christine, Jeff Nominated) at BoHo Theatre, and Hairspray (Dynamite) at Windy City Music Theatre. Shantel worked with Chet Walker at The School at Jacob’s Pillow where she performed in A Jazz Happening at Ted Shawn Theatre. Shantel is a proud Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit alum. Shantel received her BFA degree in musical theatre performance from Columbia College Chicago in 2017. Shantel is blessed to have the chance to inspire others and be the Baddest. www.shantelcribbs.net
BILLY MINSHALL (u/s Mushnik) is thrilled to make his Drury Lane debut. For nearly two years, Billy played Father Mark in the critically acclaimed revival of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at Chicago Theater Works and was Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Citadel Theatre. Recent theatre credits also include BOY (U/S) at TimeLine Theatre and Faceless (U/S) at Northlight Theatre. TV credits include Chicago PD. Billy can be seen in the independent feature Tom of Your Life which will be released in 2019. He is a Northwestern University alum and is represented by Gray Talent Group.
KEN SINGLETON (u/s Audrey II) is thrilled to be making his Drury Lane debut. He was most recently seen in Anything Goes at Music Theater Works. Other credits include: Oklahoma!, Ragtime, The Emporers New Clothes (Marriott Theatre), Marie Christine (Bohemian Ensemble Theatre), The Most Happy Fella (Theo Ubique), Carousel, Mary Poppins, Titanic, and Gaslight (Timber Lake Playhouse)..