Many musical theater fans were left fuming over the casting of an Off-Broadway revival of the classic show Little Shop of Horrors.
Euphoria actress Maude Apatow, daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, makes her stage debut as leading lady Audrey.
When the announcement appeared on Playbill’s Instagram account, the comments were flooded with nasty comments alleging that she was hired because of nepotism.
Legacy: Judd Apatow (right) and Leslie Mann’s (left) daughter Maude Apatow (centre) has sparked the ire of many musical theater fans with her latest casting
One Instagram user announced the start of ‘Nepo baby season,’ as another stage veteran Patti LuPone quoted: ‘Broadway is becoming Disneyland for the rich.’
‘Nepo baby strikes again’, one commenter scoffed and another quipped: ‘I had to double check it wasn’t a meme,’ and yet another wrote: ‘You’re joking right’.
One social media commentator said, ‘Oh well, I was worried that whoever worked for the role might get it.’
Another scoffed: ‘Good to see Nepo babies flourishing when so many people are not getting jobs’ and another said: ‘Stunt casting and Nepo baby.’
Incoming: Maude, who has already starred in the hit show Euphoria, is making her stage debut in the Off-Broadway revival of the classic musical Little Shop of Horrors.
‘Why like it?!?’ One Instagram commenter scoffed as the young actress wrote: ‘Yeah lemme just rip my degree off.’
‘Is that too… do you know, never mind,’ commented a social media user. ‘Forget I almost asked.’
Maud also lacked defenders, arguing that the casting of a TV personality was helping ‘the whole cast and crew’ to ‘keep their jobs a little longer’. It is not really about just one person.
Broadway has a long history of welcoming showbiz legacies from the famous Barrymore acting dynasty, including John, Ethel and Lionel on Down.
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Carol Burnett became a star in the show Once Upon a Mattress with music by Mary Rodgers, whose father was Richard Rodgers of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Oscar Hammerstein himself was the son of an impresario who opened a chain of opera houses and is now the namesake of New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
Since 1965, the youngest winner of the Best Actress Tony Award has been Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, daughter of famed director Vincente Minnelli.
Liza was just 19 when she took home her Tony for Flora, The Red Menace, the first Broadway show created by Candor and Ebb, of Cabaret and Chicago fame.
Remember When: Ellen Greene, who originated the role of Audrey Off-Broadway in 1982, is featured alongside Rick Moranis in the 1986 film adaptation of the classic.
In recent years Ben Platt, the Tony-winning lead of the musical Dear Evan Hansen, is the son of filmmaker Marc Platt.
Jonah Hill’s younger sister Beanie Feldstein opened last year in a revival of the old Barbra Streisand vehicle Funny Girl, only to receive a blistering critical response and be replaced by Glee star Lea Michele, who began her career on Broadway.
Maude is one of a growing number of starlets with famous parents, from Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp to Andie MacDowell’s daughter Margaret Qualley.
Maya Hawke, whose parents are Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, and Kaia Gerber, whose mother is Cindy Crawford, have also shot to fame in recent years.
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Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon, Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni Klum and Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough are also attending, among others.
Online discussion about ‘Nepo babies’ peaked in December after New York magazine ran a viral cover story about the incident.
Dakota Johnson, whose parents are Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith and whose grandmother is Hitchcock blonde Tippi Hedren, was one of the faces on the cover.
Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Psycho actress Janet Leigh and Some Like It Hot heartthrob Tony Curtis, then waded into the debate.
Showbiz legacy: Judy Garland’s (right) daughter Liza Minnelli (left) is pictured backstage in the 1965 musical Flora, The Red Menace, which earned her a Tony Award
Calling herself the ‘OG Napo baby’, she complained: ‘The current conversation about Napo babies is just designed to belittle and try to denigrate and hurt.’
Little Shop of Horrors is a 1980s musical with a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken – a duo who became major players in the Disney renaissance by writing the songs for The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
The show follows a mild-mannered florist named Seymour, who is simultaneously flirting with the love of his life, Audrey, while in his care is facing a giant talking Venus flytrap that survives by eating people. lives.
Before Seymour learns of the plant’s cannibalistic tendencies, he names it Audrey II because of his feelings for the leading lady.
Pedigree: Liza, pictured in Flora, the opening night of The Red Menace with her famed director father Vincente Minnelli, becoming the youngest Best Actress Tony winner for the show
Little Shop of Horrors first opened Off-Off-Broadway and then moved to Off-Broadway for a five-year run beginning in 1982.
Based on a 1960 film, the musical features a beloved score influenced by 1960s music, particularly Motown.
According to the New York Times, Little Shop of Horrors was a huge success, becoming the highest-grossing Off-Broadway show, but Howard Ashman opposed the idea of a Broadway transfer because he felt the project was at home Off-Broadway. .
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Little Shop of Horrors achieved new heights of fame when it was adapted into a 1986 film directed by Frank Oz, who played Yoda in the Star Wars films.
Ghostbusters actor Rick Moranis led the cast as Seymour, while Audrey was played by Ellen Greene, who originated the role off-Broadway.
The musical finally had a revival on Broadway in 2003, starring such names as Billy Porter and Joey Fatone during its run.
Audrey was played by Alice Ripley, who a few years later won a Tony Award for Best Actress for the Pulitzer-winning musical Next to Normal.
Family Business: Jonah Hill’s younger sister Beanie Feldstein opened in the revival of Funny Girl last year (pictured), only to receive a booed critical response and be replaced