Ciara Renée will replace Jennifer Nettles on November 25 (originally announced as November 29) and will play Jenna in the return of Waitress to Broadway engagement.

Ciara Renée to star in Waitress

The country star will perform her last performance on November 24th. Ciara Renée recently played Elsa in Broadway Disney’s “Frozen” in Waitress before closing last year. Prior to this, she starred in the off-Broadway drama “The Wrong Man”. She played alongside Joshua Henry and Ryan Vazquez.

She played the role of a witch in “Big Fish” and appeared in Pippin on Broadway and the hunchback of Notre Dame de Paris at the La Jolla Theater and the Paper Mill Theater. Her screen works include the final season of “The Big Bang Theory”, “Borderless Teacher” and “Legends of Tomorrow”. Next, she will star in the independent film “Paint”, with Owen Wilson and the comedy Deborah in rival roles.

Waitress on Broadway – second run

Waitress returned to Broadway in September with limited participation in the Ethel Barrymore Theatre until January 9, 2022. Sara Bareilles, who wrote the score for this musical, played Jenna until October 17. On October 19th, Grammy Award winner Nettles took over as Jenna.

The original Broadway work opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on April 24, 2016. It became the first Broadway musical in history to feature four women among four top creative spots: composer and songwriter Sara Bareilles, Writer Jessie Nelson, director Diane Paulus, and choreographer Lorin Latarro. This work played 33 previews and 1,544 regular performances before the end of January 5, 2020, and won four Tony nominations, including best original soundtrack and best musical.

Waitress features Scott Pask’s set, Suttirat Anne Larlarb’s costume, Tony Christopher Akerlind’s lights, and Jonathan Deans’ voice. Nadia DiGiallonardo is the music director. Casting is provided by The Telsey Office. Visit the Playbill Vault to learn about the complete cast and creative team.


Current Broadway actors also include Eric Anderson as Carl, Ashley Blanchett as Dawn, Nick Dani as Augie, Erich Bergen as Dr. Pomart, and Darkin Matthew Sis plays Joe, Maisha McQueen plays Becky, and Ben Thompson plays the earl. The ensemble is Tyrone Davis Jr., Matt DeAngelis, Andrew Fitch, Henry Gottfried, Molly Job, Emily Koch, Anastasia McLeskey, Olivia Webb Olsen, Jerian Perez, Charlotte Surak, Curtis Thomas, Stephanie Tones, and Nyla Watson.


Credits featured image: Rough Tough, Real Stuff, Flickr

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