Someone turn on the blue light! Maude Apatow visited Late Night with Seth Meyers March 30 to share how a slip in her spatial awareness led to a concussion backstage at Little Shop of Horrors Off-Broadway.
"I'm always really kind of in a panic the entire time," Apatow explains to Meyers, citing her lifelong stage fright. "I was running offstage, and I guess my eyes were kind of adjusting to the light, and I just ran full speed into the wall... I got a concussion."
To Meyer's astonishment, Apatow finished the performance before seeking medical attention. "I was almost crying the rest of the show. My eyes were just... I just kept thinking 'Okay, but get through it, get through it, get through it!' After the show, I think the adrenaline wore off and I was like, 'I need to go to the hospital.'"
Thankfully, Apatow has since recovered, and is back starring in the musical through April 30.
The Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical continues its run at Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre. Along with Apatow, Little Shop of Horrors currently stars Tony winner Matt Doyle as Seymour and Drew Gehling as Dr. Orin Scrivello D.D.S.
Additionally, the company includes Brad Oscar as Mushnik, Aaron Arnell Harrington as The Voice of Audrey II, Tiffany Renee Thompson as Crystal, Khadija Sankoh as Chiffon, D’Kaylah Unique Whitley, Camryn Hampton, Michael Iannucci, Weston Chandler Long, Jeff Sears, Evan Alexander Smith, Chelsea Turbin, and Teddy Yudain.
The Off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors resumed its run September 21, 2021, after temporarily closing in March 2020 due to the pandemic.
Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, the revival opened in October 2019. The creative team for the Ashman-Menken musical also includes choreographer Ellenore Scott, scenic designer Julian Crouch, lighting designer Bradley King, costume designer Tom Broecker, sound designer Jessica Paz, puppet designer Nicholas Mahon, original puppet designer Martin P. Robinson, hair and makeup designer Tommy Kurzman, music supervisor, orchestrator, and arranger Will Van Dyke, and casting director Jim Carnahan. Puppets are by Monkey Boys Productions.