"Madam Secretary" star Erich Bergen makes his Broadway debut in Waitress
Erich Bergen's limited Broadway debut engagement will run through to August 12 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Erich Bergen, who can also currently be seen as Blake Moran on CBS' "Madam Secretary," officially makes his Broadway debut tonight, when he steps into the role of Dr. Pomatter in Broadway's hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for a limited engagement through to August 12, 2018. Drew Gehling played his final performance in the role for the meantime on June 3.
Mr. Bergen has also played the role of Bob Gaudio in the Las Vegas and National Tour productions of Jersey Boys, as well as Clint Eastwood's 2014 film adaptation.
The current cast of Waitress includes "American Idol" and "Smash" star Katharine McPhee, making her Broadway debut as Jenna, Erich Bergen (as Dr. Pomatter), NaTasha Yvette Williams (as Becky), Caitlin Houlahan (as Dawn), Ben Thompson (as Earl), Lee Wilkof (as Joe), Benny Elledge (as Cal), and Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (as Ogie).
As previously reported, Ms. McPhee is set to end her Broadway debut engagement on June 17, but will return to the diner for a second shift from July 5 through to August 19, 2018. Read our Katharine McPhee interview.
Waitress officially opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 24 April 2016, following previews from 25 March.
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 March 31, 2019.
(Photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)