Alison Luff & Marks Evans debut in Waitress on Broadway
Luff and Evans take on the roles of Jenna and Dr. Pomatter in the hit Broadway musical.
Welcome to the Diner! Broadway alumni Alison Luff and Mark Evans return to the Great White Way tonight to assume the roles of Jenna and Dr. Pomatter, respectively, in the hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Previous stars Shoshana Bean and Erich Bergen played their final performances in the production on July 21.
Alison Luff last appeared on the Broadway stage as Rachel in the Broadway premiere of Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville in the spring of 2018. Her other Broadway credits include Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, Scandalous, Ghost The Musical, and Mamma Mia!
Mark Evans made his Broadway debut as Chris in The Play That Goes Wrong from September 2017 until the end of its Broadway run in January 2019. He has also starred as Elder Price in the National Tour of The Book of Mormon, as Og in Irish Rep's 2016 revival of Finian's Rainbow, and in the Encores! productions of I Married An Angel and Me And My Girl. Originally from Wales in the UK, his West End credits include Ghost the Musical, Wicked, Oklahoma!, Monty Python's Spamalot, and Rocky Horror Show.
The current principal cast of Waitress includes Alison Luff (as Jenna), Mark Evans (as Dr. Pomatter), Charity Angél Dawson (as Becky), Caitlin Houlahan (as Dawn), Ben Thompson (as Earl), Tony Award nominee Larry Marshall (as Old Joe), Benny Elledge (as Cal), and Noah Galvin (as Ogie).
As previously reported, YouTube sensation Colleen Ballinger, best known for "Miranda Sings," will officially make her Broadway debut as Dawn and "Ru Paul's Drag Race" favorite Todrick Hall will return to the Broadway stage as Ogie for a four-week limited engagement from August 20 through September 15, 2019.
Waitress officially opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016, following previews from March 25, and is now scheduled to close on January 5, 2020, as recently reported.
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.
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 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.
Waitress Tickets are available now for performances through January 5, 2020.
(Photos courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)