Check below some round up of reviews from Little Shop of Horrors.
Vulture – Most of the actors, though not Greene, read from their scripts at times, and a number of slip-ups and near-pratfalls added to the feeling of fresh discovery. Certainly Gyllenhaal contributed to that feeling. Though an attempt to make him look unprepossessing will only get you so far (his ugly is about at Jon Hamm level), he cleanly hit all the charmingly diffident notes of the part — and turns out to be a compelling singer, too.
Theatermania – Under the serviceable but not always rigorous direction of Dick Scanlan, the other members of the cast achieve this effect to varying degrees. While his vocals are merely adequate, Gyllenhaal offers a believable and fully realized Seymour, complete with physical transformation. Hands habitually jammed in his pockets and shoulders slumped forward, he speaks with just the hint of a stutter. You would never guess this nebbish is the same actor who plays the hulking boxer in Southpaw.
NYDaily News – As Seymour, the plant-shop shlub who unwittingly breeds a man-eating shrub, a bearded and bespectacled Gyllenhaal is game and endearing, but a bit buttoned-up and pot-bound. Seymour’s meek, not monochromatic. However, the star of the upcoming “Southpaw” is a good singer who hits all his notes in the pastiche-peppy score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.
Huffington Post – That unceasing appreciation continues when at the curtain call Jake Gyllenhaal, who’s played shlumpy Audrey II botanist Seymour chooses to leave Greene alone on stage for a final solo bow. This is after the classy Gyllenhaal has proved a revelation in his role. Seeming to have spent time watching Woody Allen doing his deferential shtick, the versatile actor (why no Oscar nomination for last year’s Nightcrawler?) sings as if a musical comedy veteran.
Deadline – Gyllenhaal’s zhlubby, bespectacled Seymour adds yet another accomplished, unexpected character to the range of stage roles the movie star has taken on; his singing showed both delicacy and, in Seymour’s rousing duet with Greene, “Suddenly Seymour,” considerable power. Flower power, I guess.
NY Times – Mr. Gyllenhaal, who gave a knockout dramatic performance in Nick Payne’s “Constellations” this year, turns into a young nerd’s dream of a musical matinee idol as Seymour, the schlemiel who unwittingly adopts a plant that plans to devour the universe. He can sing, too, more than passably and with a goofy ardor that matches Ms. Greene’s. I don’t care what the age gap is between them; these two have sweet, sweet chemistry.
NY Post – Never mind whether he can sing: Can Jake sell a joke? To everybody’s surprise, including maybe his own, Jake Gyllenhaal is appealingly funny and sweet in Encores’ semi-staged concert of the comic musical “Little Shop of Horrors” — playing City Center for just two days.
Not bad for a guy who’s best known for heavy-duty movies like “Brokeback Mountain” and “Nightcrawler,” and a pair of somber-minded plays (most recently Broadway’s “Constellations”). Yet there he is, marking his grand entrance as meek florist Seymour with a pratfall. Things barely picked up for poor Seymour, who spends most of the show trying to feed a blood-thirsty plant — played by Eddie Cooper in a gigantic green furry coat and oversize glasses that made him look like Funkadelic’s George Clinton.
USA Today – Jake Gyllenhaal, making his professional musical theater debut in the beloved Howard Ashman/Alan Menken show, was as delightful and endearing as anyone could have expected in the role of Seymour, a good-natured nebbish who inadvertently creates a man-eating plant.