Jason Mraz makes his Broadway debut in Waitress
The two-time Grammy Award winner assumes the role of Dr. Pomatter for a 10-week limited engagement.
"I'm Yours... Broadway!" The company of hit musical Waitress welcomes two-time Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz to the cast tonight, as he makes his Broadway debut and assumes the role of Dr. Pomatter for a 10-week limited engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre tonight.
Jason Mraz is a multi-platinum recording artist, who won two Grammy Awards in 2010 for "Make It Mine" and "Lucky". He has released a total of five studio albums to date - "Waiting for My Rocket to Come" (2002), "Mr. A–Z" (2005), "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things." (2008), "Love Is a Four Letter Word" (2012), and "Yes!" (2014). He also previously collaborated with Waitress songwriter Sara Bareilles on “Bad Idea” and “You Matter To Me” from her album “What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress”.
In addition and as previously reported, David Josefsberg steps in for Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald tonight, covering the role of Ogie through to November 19, 2017.
The principal cast of Waitress currently includes Betsy Wolfe (as Jenna), Jason Mraz (as Dr. Pomatter), Maia Nkenge Wilson (as Becky), Caitlin Houlahan (as Dawn), Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (as Earl), two-time Tony Award winner John Cullum (as Joe), and David Josefsberg (as Ogie).
Waitress officially opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016, following previews from March 25.
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 six-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 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.
Waitress Tickets are available now for performances through to July 1, 2018.
(Photo by Jason Bell)