Waitress returns on stage tonight! So, anyone who has developed a hobby of baking in the past year and a half, this is for you. Previews begin at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on September 2.
At last – Waitress returns tonight!
Sara Bareilles played the central role of Jenna in the return to engagement. Bareilles (Girls5Eva, Jess Christ Superstar Live in Con). During the entire run, she eventually made the headlines with two more limited participations. She also did a period of time in the West End of London before the coronavirus shut down. She currently plans to star in 10. On the 17th, the show will run until January 9, 2022.
This return will pay tribute to the late Nick Cordero, who played the role of Earl on Broadway. The boss loved Jenna’s cleverly named dishes at the restaurant where she works. They include “A Big Ol Slice of Live Your Life Pie” -a tribute to Cordero’s song, which is related to his severe COVID-19 case. It became the national anthem when fighting. He died in July last year at the age of 41.
The cast also includes Christopher Fitzgerald in his Tony-nominated performance as Ogie, Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Charity Angel Dawson as Becky, Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn, Eric Anderson as Cal, Dakin Matthews as Joe, and Joe Tippett as Earl. Rounding out the company are Tyrone Davis, Jr., Matt DeAngelis, Andrew Fitch, Henry Gottfried, Molly Jobe, Emily Koch, Max Kumangai, Anastacia McCleskey, Gerianne Pérez, Stephanie Torns, and Nyla Watson. Almost all are alums of the show’s previous Broadway and/or touring productions.
Waitress on Broadway
According to the 2007 film, “Waitress” initially opened on Broadway in April 2016, and then had its world premiere at the American Repertory Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It made history and became the first Broadway musical to bring women into the top four creative spots: Barrells, director Diane Paulus, book writer Jesse Nelson, and choreographer Lorraine Lata Luo.
Barry and Fran Weissler produced Waitress along with Norton and Elayne Herrick. The scenes were produced by Scott Pask. Costumes were produced by Suttirat Anne Larlarb. Nadia DiGiallonardo is the music director. The casting is provided by Telsey + Company.
Credits: playbill.com; newyorkcitytheatre.com
Credits featured image: Rough Tough, Real Stuff, Flickr