Drew Gehling will return to Waitress from June 27
Original cast member Drew Gehling will return to the role of Dr. Pomatter in the Broadway production of Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from June 27, 2017. Emmy nominee Chris Diamantopoulos will play his final performance in the role on June 25.
Mr. Gehling will join Betsy Wolfe, who assumes the starring role of Jenna from six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (and the show's composer) on June 13.
Drew Gehling returns to the production after a brief hiatus during which he originated the role of Joe Bradley in the new musical 'Roman Holiday.' His Broadway credits include 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,' and 'Jersey Boys.' Off-Broadway, he has appeared in 'A Minister’s Wife' & 'I Believe,' at Lincoln Center Theater, 'Billy & Ray' at the Vineyard Theatre and 'Anne of Green Gables' at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
The principal cast of Waitress currently includes six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (Jenna), Charity Angél Dawson (Becky), Caitlin Houlahan (Dawn), Emmy nominee Chris Diamantopoulos (Dr. Pomatter), Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Ogie), Tony nominee Will Swenson (Earl), Dakin Matthews (Joe), and Joe Cassidy (Cal).
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 five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.
Waitress officially opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016, following previews from March 25, and is currently booking through January 21, 2018.
Synopsis: "Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, the musical follows Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, Jenna fears she may have to abandon the dream of opening her own pie shop forever… until a baking contest in a nearby county and the town's handsome new doctor offer her a tempting recipe for happiness. Supported by her quirky crew of fellow waitresses and loyal customers, Jenna summons the secret ingredient she’s been missing all along – courage."
The creative team behind Waitress features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind and sound design by Jonathan Deans.
Waitress is produced on Broadway by Barry & Fran Weissler and Norton & Elayne Herrick.
- by Tom Millward