Musical Theater Fans RAGE About ‘Fake Baby’ Maude Apatow Being Cast In Little Shop Of Horrors

Many musical theater fans were left furious at the casting of an off-Broadway revival of the classic show Little Shop Of Horrors.

Euphoria actress Maude Apatow, the daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, makes her stage debut as lead actress Audrey.

When the announcement appeared on Playbill’s Instagram account, the comments were full of scathing comments claiming she was hired because of nepotism.

Legacy: Judd Apatow (right) and Leslie Mann's (left) daughter Maude Apatow (center) has drawn the ire of many musical theater fans with her latest casting

Legacy: Judd Apatow (right) and Leslie Mann’s (left) daughter Maude Apatow (center) has drawn the ire of many musical theater fans with her latest casting

One Instagram user announced the start of “fake baby season,” while another stage legend Patti LuPone quoted, “Broadway is going to be a Disneyland for the rich.”

“Nepo baby strikes again,” one commenter sneered while another joked, “I just had to double check that this wasn’t a meme,” and yet another wrote, “You’re kidding.”

“Oh well, I was afraid someone who worked for the part would get it,” one social media commenter said with a straight face.

Another sneered, “nice to see nepo babies thriving when so many can’t get jobs,” and yet another commented, “stunt casting AND nepo baby.”

Incoming: Maude, who has already starred in the hit show Euphoria, will make her stage debut in an off-Broadway revival of the classic musical Little Shop Of Horrors

Incoming: Maude, who has already starred in the hit show Euphoria, will make her stage debut in an off-Broadway revival of the classic musical Little Shop Of Horrors

“Why is this the choice?!?” one Instagram commenter wondered as one young actress wrote in exasperation, “Yeah, just let me tear up my diploma.”

“Can she even… you know what, never mind,” one social media user grumbled in the comments. “Forget I almost asked.”

Maude also had a few defenders, including one who argued that casting a TV personality helped “the whole cast and crew” “keep their jobs for a while.” It’s never really about one person.’

Broadway has a long history of welcoming showbiz legacies, from Barrymore’s famous dynasty of actors, including John, Ethel and Lionel.

'Just swallow it': While a swarm of Instagram commentators criticized the decision to cast a 'fake baby', Maude also had a few defenders

‘Just swallow it’: While a swarm of Instagram commentators criticized the decision to cast a ‘fake baby’, Maude also had a few defenders

Carol Burnett became a star in a show called 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 string of opera houses and is now the namesake of New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Since 1965, the youngest ever winner of the Tony Award for Best Actress has been Liza Minnelli, daughter of Judy Garland and famed director Vincente Minnelli.

Liza was just 19 when she brought home her Tony for Flora, The Red Menace, the very first Broadway show to be scored by Kander and Ebb of Cabaret and Chicago.

Remember When: Ellen Greene, who began the role of Audrey off-Broadway in 1982, is portrayed in the classic 1986 film adaptation starring Rick Moranis

Remember When: Ellen Greene, who began the role of Audrey off-Broadway in 1982, is portrayed in the classic 1986 film adaptation starring Rick Moranis

In more recent years, Ben Platt, the Tony-winning lead of the musical Dear Evan Hansen, is the son of film producer Marc Platt.

Jonah Hill’s little sister Beanie Feldstein opened last year in a revival of the old Barbra Streisand vehicle Funny Girl, but received a blistering critical response and was replaced by Glee star Lea Michele, who began her Broadway career.

Maude is one of many rising starlets with celebrity 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 risen to fame in recent years.

Curtain call: Ellen is pictured during an Encores!  production of Little Shop Of Horrors alongside Jake Gyllenhaal as lead actor Seymour

Curtain call: Ellen is pictured during an Encores! production of Little Shop Of Horrors alongside Jake Gyllenhaal as lead actor Seymour

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon, Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni Klum and Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough are also on the way.

Online chatter around “fake babies” reached a fever pitch in December after New York magazine posted a viral cover story about the phenomenon.

Dakota Johnson, whose parents are Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith and whose grandmother is the Hitchcock blonde Tippi Hedren, was one of the faces on the cover.

Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of psycho-actress Janet Leigh and Some Like It Hot heartthrob Tony Curtis, then joined the debate.

Showbiz legacy: Judy Garland's (right) daughter Liza Minnelli (left) is pictured backstage at the 1965 musical Flora, The Red Menace, which won her a Tony

Showbiz legacy: Judy Garland’s (right) daughter Liza Minnelli (left) is pictured backstage at the 1965 musical Flora, The Red Menace, which won her a Tony

Calling herself the “OG Nepo Baby,” she lamented, “The current conversation about nepo babies is just to try and demean and denigrate and hurt.”

Little Shop Of Horrors is an 1980s musical with a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken – a duo that became major players in the Disney renaissance by writing the songs for The Little Mermaid and Beauty And The Beast .

The show follows a sweet-natured florist named Seymour who simultaneously pines for the love of his life Audrey while dealing with a giant talking Venus flytrap in his care that survives by eating humans.

Before learning about the plant’s man-eating tendencies, Seymour calls it Audrey II because of his feelings for the leading lady.

Pedigree: Liza, pictured on Flora, the opening night of The Red Menace with her famed director father Vincente Minnelli, became the show's youngest-ever Best Actress Tony winner

Pedigree: Liza, pictured on Flora, the opening night of The Red Menace with her famed director father Vincente Minnelli, became the show’s youngest-ever Best Actress Tony winner

Little Shop Of Horrors first opened off-off-Broadway and then moved off-Broadway for a five-year run beginning in 1982.

Based on a 1960 film, the musical features a much-loved score heavily influenced by 1960s music, particularly Motown.

A runaway success, Little Shop Of Horrors became the highest-grossing off-Broadway show, but Howard Ashman resisted the idea of ​​a Broadway transfer because he felt the project was off-Broadway at home, according to the New York Times.

Connections: In more recent years, Ben Platt, the Tony-winning lead of the musical Dear Evan Hansen, is the son of film producer Marc Platt

Connections: In more recent years, Ben Platt, the Tony-winning lead of the musical Dear Evan Hansen, is the son of film producer Marc Platt

Little Shop Of Horrors reached new heights of fame when it was adapted into a 1986 movie directed by Frank Oz, who played Yoda in the Star Wars movies.

Ghostbusters actor Rick Moranis led the cast as Seymour, while Audrey was played by Ellen Greene, who had conceived the role off-Broadway.

The musical finally made it to Broadway in 2003, in a revival starring the likes of Billy Porter and Joey Fatone.

Audrey was played by Alice Ripley, who won a Tony Award for Best Actress a few years later for the Pulitzer-winning musical Next To Normal.

Family business: Jonah Hill's little sister Beanie Feldstein opened in a revival of Funny Girl (pictured) last year, but received a blistering critical response and was replaced

Family business: Jonah Hill’s little sister Beanie Feldstein opened in a revival of Funny Girl (pictured) last year, but received a blistering critical response and was replaced

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