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WAITRESS Releases New EP “What’s Not Inside” on August 16

Waitress

The producers of Waitress have announced the release of “What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs from Waitress,” a new EP featuring outtakes and demos recorded by Sara Bareilles for the hit Broadway musical. Available for pre-order today, the 7 track EP (extended play) is set for release on download and streaming services this Friday, August 16th.

 Track List:

  1. Happy Enough
  2. Door Number Three
  3. Knocked Up You
  4. Without a Believer
  5. I Can’t Wait
  6. Falling in Love Pie
  7. She Used to Be Mine

To celebrate this new EP, Waitress is also releasing a special video performance of “Without A Believer,” featuring Jeremy Jordan, a recent Dr. Pomatter. Stay tuned for more videos featuring other special guest performers.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “​The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Waitress currently stars Alison LuffCharity Angel DawsonCaitlin Houlahan, Mark Evans, Ben Thompson, Richard Kline, Benny Elledge, Noah Galvin, Melody A. Betts, Tyrone Davis Jr., Andrew Fitch, Molly Hager, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Arica Jackson, Molly Jobe, Brandon Kalm, Matt Kumangai, Tess Murphy, Everleigh Rotunno, Stephanie Torns and Dan Tracy.

Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitressis the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Waitress is now playing in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre and on a North American tour.

Tickets are available through January 5, 2020 by visiting the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street), calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

WAITRESS Begins Final Six Months at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre

WAITRESS

The producers of Broadway’s sweetest hit musical, Waitressannounced today that the show will finish a triumphant, record-breaking run of 33 previews and 1544 performances on January 5, 2020 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street).

Waitress is the longest-running musical at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre and one of the longest-running shows in recent Broadway history, surpassing the lengthy engagements of DreamgirlsMameFunny Girl, and The Sound of Music, among many other legendary titles.

 Waitress opened on Broadway on April 24, 2016. In less than 10 months on Broadway, the show recouped its $12 million investment, making Waitress and Hamilton the only two new musicals from the 2015-2016 Broadway season still running that went into profit.

In addition to the Broadway engagement, Waitress is now playing in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre, on a North American tour, and is planning to open in Australia and Holland in 2020, and Japan in 2021. The show’s producers are also in talks with over 20 international markets about future productions. The Waitress tour is currently playing a 6-week run in Toronto at the Mirvish Theatre as it approaches a hugely successful 2-years on the road—currently extended to continue into 2021.

Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by seven-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Composer and lyricist Sara Bareilles said, “It is such a bittersweet moment to say goodbye to our home on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, but I am reflecting upon this enormously magical time with a tremendous amount of gratitude…and smiling through tears.  I am in awe of the tireless energy and devotion of our company, our crew, our band, and most especially our fans. The warmth and love they have showered upon our show in all its iterations is truly a miracle, and the impact this experience has had on my life has been profound and unforgettable.  Thank you to my dear collaborators and producers, the entirety of our wildly passionate Waitress company, band and crew members (past and present), our beloved staff at the Brooks, and a very special thank you to our Waitress fans and believers who have made this chapter as sweet as it ever could have been.  The run of Waitress on Broadway has far surpassed my expectations and I am so very proud of what we were able to create here in New York City, but I am still so moved and delighted by the knowledge that our show will continue to have a big, beautiful life in other cities around the world, and on tour.  Alas… everything changes. Sugar, Butter, Thank you.”

Producer Barry Weissler, speaking for his co producer and wife Fran and himself, said “When Fran and I saw Adrienne Shelly’s beautiful movie in 2007, we knew immediately that it could be a great stage musical.  It had everything: wit, romance, drama and comedy.  The musical would require the same perfect touch – with Diane Paulus at the helm we gathered a brilliant team – Sara Bareilles, Jessie Nelson, and Lorin Latarro – who worked together seamlessly to create the musical gem that Waitress is.

“Watching Sara Bareilles take her innate skills as a brilliant pop singer and songwriter and to also become a natural Broadway composer/lyricist has been especially rewarding to observe.  The show’s success as it continues to roll out across the globe, is a tribute to that combined vision of this remarkable group of artists – and a great deal of pie.  We could not be prouder of the brilliant actors who continue to keep the show as fresh as the day we opened.  I look forward to celebrating that spirit every day for the next six months on Broadway.”

 Composer and lyricist Sara Bareilles has described her life as “before Waitress and after Waitress.” Following her concept album, Waitress became an immediate sensation when the show premiered at A.R.T. in Boston. After the New York opening, which marked Sara’s debut as a Broadway lyricist and composer, she received a Tony nomination for her score, made her Broadway stage debut in the show, starred in an acclaimed TV production of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” for which she received an Emmy Award nomination, and hosted The Tony Awards with her good friend, Josh Groban. Sara is embarking on an arena tour in support of her new album “Amidst the Chaos.” She is also collaborating with J.J. Abrams as a co-executive producer on “Little Voice,” a half hour series for Apple. Keeping it in the Waitress family, the musical’s book writer Jessie Nelson will write, executive produce, direct the first episode, and serve as showrunner.

Waitress has left its mark on popular culture too: The musical’s showstopping 11 o’clock number, “She Used to be Mine,” became an instant classic and has inspired countless covers by performers of all genders and ages across the world, from well-known theatrical stars and musicians to young viral sensations. It was also parodied on “Saturday Night Live” in a tribute to Theresa Mays’ failed Brexit strategy.

Some of the notable talent who have been or will be in Waitress include Adam Shapiro, Al Roker, Betsy Wolfe, Christopher FitzgeraldColleen Ballinger, Dakin Matthews, Drew Gehling, Eddie Jemison (who played Ogie in the film), Erich Bergen, Gavin Creel, Jason Mraz, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jeremy Jordan, Jessie Mueller, Joey MacIntyre, John Cullum, June Squibb (who played the role of Josie – formerly Joe), Katharine McPhee, Katie Lowes, Keala Settle, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolette Robinson, Noah Galvin, Sara Bareilles (in her Broadway stage debut), Shoshana BeanTodrick Hall, Will Swenson, and eight five-year-old girls who played Lulu.

Waitress is the first show in Broadway history to have a credited Pie Consultant in the Playbill. Baker Stacy Donnelly bakes the pies that the cast eats on stage, as well as the mini Mason Jar pies which concessionaires in waitress uniforms sell at the show. Ms. Donnelly also coached the leading actors in how to handle the ingredients and the dough.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the show brought attention to the cause by changing the waitresses’ iconic blue uniforms to pink uniforms during the month of October.

The show’s producers also want audiences to sense the Waitress experience in every way possible, so an actual pie bakes in a convection oven as they enter the theatre, filling the space with the mouthwatering aroma of apples and cinnamon.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “​The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

The Broadway cast of Waitress currently features Shoshana Bean, Charity Angel Dawson, Caitlin Houlahan, Erich Bergen, Ben Thompson, Larry Marshall, Benny Elledge, Noah Galvin, Melody A. Betts, Tyrone Davis Jr., Andrew Fitch, Molly Hager, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Arica Jackson, Molly Jobe, Brandon Kalm, Max Kumangai, Tess Murphy, Everleigh Rotunno, Stephanie Torns and Dan Tracy.

 Waitress is produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.

Tickets are available through January 5, 2020 by visiting the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street), calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Todrick Hall to Join the Broadway Cast of WAITRESS Opposite Colleen Ballinger

Todrick Hall
Todrick Hall

Todrick Hall

The producers of the hit musical Waitress announced today that Todrick Hall (Kinky Boots, Chicago) will join the Broadway cast as Ogie on August 20th. He will perform opposite the previously announced Colleen Ballinger for a special limited engagement through September 15th.

TODRICK HALL (Ogie) is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, producer and social media influencer with over 3 million subscribers and 650 million views. Hall has released three Number 1 Albums: Straight Outta Oz DeluxeForbidden & his most recent album Haus Party which will begin a world tour this October. His Broadway credits include: Kinky Boots, Chicago, The Color Purple & Memphis. Hall is a recurring judge and resident choreographer on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” He has choreographed videos for Beyoncé; written and starred in the Virgin America safety video, was featured in Taylor Swift’s record breaking music video “Look What You Made Me Do” and most recently he starred in/co-executive produced her latest video “You Need to Calm Down.” Hall can be seen on other television shows, including: “Queer Eye,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Dear White People,” “Bring It,” “Dance Moms,” “Catfish,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “American Idol,” “Muppet Babies” and is the star of the documentary Behind the Curtainon Netflix. @Todrick

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “​The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Waitress currently stars Shoshana BeanCharity Angel DawsonCaitlin Houlahan, Erich Bergen, Ben Thompson, Larry Marshall, Benny Elledge, Noah Galvin, Melody A. Betts, Tyrone Davis Jr., Andrew Fitch, Molly Hager, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Arica Jackson, Molly Jobe, Brandon Kalm, Matt Kumangai, Tess Murphy, Everleigh Rotunno, Stephanie Torns and Dan Tracy.

Waitress is now playing in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre and on a North American tour.

Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Ashley Roberts & Lucie Jones to star in Waitress

It is announced today that from Monday 17 June Ashley Roberts (Strictly Come Dancing 2018 finalist, The Pussycat Dolls) will be making her West End debut as Dawn in Sara Bareilles’ hit musical Waitress for a strictly limited summer season. It is also confirmed that Lucie Jones (Rent, Les Misérables, Legally Blonde) will take over the role of Jenna from this date.

London’s brand-new smash hit musical comedy Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams her way out of a loveless marriage. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

Waitress celebrated its official opening night at the Adelphi theatre on 7 March and the Tony-nominated musical is now booking to19 October.

Ashley Roberts will play Dawn. Best known for being a member of one of the biggest girl groups in the world, The Pussycat Dolls, Ashley shot to fame after the release of the album ‘PCD’.  During her seven years in the group they sold over 54 million records and toured the world performing to fans worldwide. Since leaving the group in 2010, Ashley won the hearts of the British public in 2012 when she was voted runner up in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in one of the closest reality show finals in history. She followed this with a starring role on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Ashley continued her TV career as a judge on ITV’s Dancing On Ice for two seasons and on the popular BBC One talent competition Let It Shine as a guest judge alongside Gary Barlow.

In 2017, Ashley pursued her love of comedy, appearing as a regular on ITV’s The Keith Lemon Sketch Show and Coming In America, in addition to hosting two seasons of 1st Look, which aired every Saturday night on NBC in the US. In 2018, Ashley joined the cast of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. With guidance from professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev the pair danced their way to the finals with Ashley becoming the highest scoring contestant with an average score of 36.9 and holds the record for the most perfect scores ever received by a contestant with five perfect scores throughout the season.

Lucie Jones will play Jenna. Lucie has played some of the most iconic roles in musical theatre, with previous theatre credits that include Cosette in Les Misérables (Queens Theatre), Maureen Johnson in RENT (The Other Palace and national tour), Elle Woods inLegally Blonde (national tour), Holly in The Wedding Singer (national tour), Victoria in American Psycho The Musical (Almeida), Molly Jensen in Ghost: The Musical (Asian tour) and Meat in the We Will Rock You (world arena tour).

Lucie was a finalist in the 2009 series of The X Factor and toured the UK playing to sell out arena crowds on The X Factor Tour in 2010. In January 2017, she won the public vote on the BBC2 show Eurovision – You Decide with her original song ‘Never Give Up On You’. She competed at the Eurovision World Final in Ukraine. Other television work includes roles in Midsomer Murders (ITV) andThe Sarah Jane Adventures (BBC).

Brought to life by a ground breaking, female-led creative team, Waitress features an original score by 7-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (Love Song, Brave), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland) and choreography by Lorin Latarro. The production is currently touring the US and has also announced it will have its Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Alongside Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts as Jenna and Dawn, Waitress also stars Marisha Wallace as Becky, Peter Hannahas Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.

The full company includes Kelly Agbowu, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, David Hunter, Lucie Jones, Stephen Leask, Chris McGuigan, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Shaun Prendergast, Charlotte Riby, Ashley Roberts, Marisha Wallace and Mark Willshire. Laura Baldwin will return to the role of Dawn in Waitress at the end of the summer.

On its Broadway opening, Waitress was nominated for four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Drama League Award Nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.

Noah Galvin to Join the Broadway Cast of WAITRESS on April 29

NOAH GALVIN

The producers of the smash Broadway musical Waitress announced today that Noah Galvin (Dear Evan Hansen, “The Real O’Neals”) will take over the role of Ogie and Cailtin Houlahan (Girl From the North Country) will return to the role of Dawn on Monday, April 29. Eddie Jemison and Lenne Klingaman will play their final performances as Ogie and Dawn respectively on Sunday, April 28.

NOAH GALVIN

NOAH GALVIN

NOAH GALVIN (Ogie) Film: Booksmart (upcoming-Dir Olivia Wilde), Assassination Nation (Dir Sam Levinson). TV: “The Real O’Neals” (ABC). Broadway: Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen. Off-Broadway: MCC, NYTW, Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard, Signature, Barrow Street, Rattlestick, and more. Regional: Huntington, Bay Street Theatre, Goodspeed, and more. Tours: Les Miserables (3rd National). Audiobooks: “Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “What if it’s Us”, and others. 2019 Audie Award Nominee.

CAITLIN HOULAHAN

CAITLIN HOULAHAN

CAITLIN HOULAHAN (Dawn) is back at the diner serving up pies after leaving to sing some Bob Dylan tunes in Girl From the North Country at the Public Theatre downtown. Other recent work: Bridges of Madison County (1st Nat’l), Parade (Lincoln Center), The 25th…Spelling Bee (Bucks Co. Playhouse), The Theory of Relativity (Goodspeed). TV/film: “Peter Pan Live!”, “Girls”. Thanks to the Waitress team for their love and support and part in making dreams come true.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “​The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Waitress currently stars Shoshana BeanCharity Angel DawsonLenne Klingaman, Jeremy Jordan, Ben Thompson, Larry Marshall, Benny Elledge, Eddie Jemison, Melody A. Betts, Tyrone Davis Jr., Andrew Fitch, Molly Hager, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Arica Jackson, Molly Jobe, Brandon Kalm, Matt Kumangai, Tess Murphy, Everleigh Rotunno, Stephanie Torns and Dan Tracy.

Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Waitress is now playing in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre and on a North American tour.

Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Waitress confirms Katharine McPhee’s final performance as Jenna will be 15 June

KATHARINE McPHEE

Audiences have ten weeks to catch the critically-acclaimed Katharine McPhee in the West End production of Waitress. The Smashand Scorpion actress will play her final performance on Saturday 15 June with new casting for the role of Jenna to be announced soon. The Tony-nominated musical by Sara Bareilles began performances at the Adelphi Theatre on 8 February and is now booking to Saturday 19 October.

London’s brand-new smash hit musical comedy Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams her way out of a loveless marriage. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

Brought to life by a ground breaking, female-led creative team, the hit show features an original score by 7-time Grammy® nomineeSara Bareilles (Love Song, Brave), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland) and choreography by Lorin Latarro. The production is currently touring the US and has also announced it will have its Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Since finding international fame as a captivating singer on American Idol – Season 5Katharine McPhee (Jenna) has become a successful recording artist, landing numerous songs and albums on Billboard’s pop, jazz, holiday and adult-contemporary charts in her native US. Her latest album of timeless American standards “I Fall In Love Too Easily” was released by BMG in 2017. As an acclaimed actress, she was the breakout star of the 2013 NBC-TV musical series Smash, Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). She recently starred in the hit CBS dramatic series Scorpion.

Alongside Katharine McPhee as Jenna, Waitress stars Jack McBrayer as Ogie, Marisha Wallace as Becky, Laura Baldwinas Dawn, Peter Hannah as Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.

The full company includes Kelly Agbowu, Laura Baldwin, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, David Hunter, Stephen Leask, Jack McBrayer, Chris McGuigan, Katharine McPhee, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Shaun Prendergast, Charlotte Riby, Marisha Wallace andMark Willshire.

On its Broadway opening, Waitress was nominated for four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Drama League Award Nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.

LISTINGS

WAITRESS
The Adelphi Theatre
The Strand,
London WC2R 0NS

Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

24 Hour Telephone Booking line: 020 7087 7753
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Day seats are available to purchase in person from the theatre box office from 10am for £25. Mon-Weds performances from Monday 11 February. Subject to availability and at the box office’s discretion.

Shoshana Bean will return to Broadway in WAITRESS

Shoshana Bean Photo by Bradford Rogne Photography

The producers of the smash Broadway musical Waitress announced today that Shoshana Bean will take over the role of Jenna on March 18 and will be in the show through May 12, 2019.

Shoshana Bean‘s latest album Spectrum landed her at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Hairspray and starred as the first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked. Most recently, she appeared as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and as Cee-Cee Bloom in the new musical adaptation of Beaches, for which she earned a Jeff Award Nomination for best lead actress in a musical.

Shoshana Bean said, “I am thrilled to be coming back to the New York stage in such a special role and show! To get to tell this beautiful woman’s story and sing this extraordinary score is an honor.”

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “​The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by LorinLatarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Waitress began performances in London’s West End on February 8 and is currently on a North American tour.Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

In celebration of National Pie Day, Waitress announces pie partnership with the Theatre Cafe

KATHARINE McPHEE

It is announced today that Waitress will partner with The Theatre Café, London’s first ever theatre-themed coffee shop, which will be making and selling delicious fresh pies each night at the show. Audience members will be able to buy the famous Waitress pie jars in apple crumble, chocolate salted caramel or banoffee at the Adelphi Theatre when the show begins preview performances on 8 February. The Waitress pie jars were originally created by Cute As Cake of New York.

Rehearsals are now underway ahead of the show’s official opening night on 7 March. The West End premiere of Sara Bareilles’ Waitress will star Katharine McPhee (Smash) as Jenna, Emmy-nominee Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) as Ogie, Marisha Wallace as Becky, Laura Baldwin as Dawn,Peter Hannah as Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe. Currently playing its third year on Broadway, Waitress will bring with it an all-female lead creative team – a West End musical first.

The full company includes Kelly Agbowu, Laura Baldwin, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, David Hunter, Stephen Leask, Jack McBrayer, Chris McGuigan, Katharine McPhee, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Shaun Prendergast, Charlotte Riby and Marisha Wallace.

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Waitress also recently announced the first of its “Cast Album Karaoke” nights in London, meaning that theatre lovers who have always dreamt of singing on the West End stage will soon be able to make their dream a reality. The first ever karaoke nights will be held post-show on Tuesday 19 February andMonday 18 March 2019. For the chance to sing one minute of any song from the show – live on stage and accompanied by the show’s musical director Katharine Woolley – interested audience members just need to sign up in the theatre before the performance.

Waitress opened on 24 April 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theater. Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress was the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, featuring original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy®​ ​nominee Sara Bareilles (“Love Song”, “Brave”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (​I Am Sam​), direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (​Pippin​, ​Finding Neverland​) and choreography by Lorin Latarro. The production is currently touring the US and has also announced it will have its Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

On its Broadway opening, Waitress was nominated for four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Drama League Award Nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.

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