Original Waitress film star Eddie Jemison makes Broadway debut
Jemison reprises his role as Ogie on the Broadway stage.
From the screen to the stage! As previoursly announced, Eddie Jemison, who originated the role of Ogie in the 2007 film of Waitress opposite Golden Globe winner Keri Russell, makes his Broadway debut and reprises the role in the hit Broadway musical tonight. He is set to play a limited engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre through to April 28, 2019.
Perhaps best known for his recurring roles in TV series such as The CW's "iZombie," HBO's "Hung," and NBC's "Chicago Med," Mr. Jemison has also appeared regularly on stage in Chicago, with theatre credits including Life Sucks, Two Gentleman of Verona, Only Kidding, and Wizards of Quiz. Aside from "Waitress," his film credits include "Ocean’s Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve," "Ocean's Thirteen," and "The Punisher."
The current principal cast of Waitress includes Stephanie Torns (as Jenna), "New Kids on the Block" member Joey McIntyre (as Dr. Pomatter), Charity Angél Dawson (as Becky), Lenne Klingaman (as Dawn), Ben Thompson (as Earl), Tony Award nominee Larry Marshall (as Old Joe), Benny Elledge (as Cal), and Eddie Jemison (as Ogie).
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 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 September 1, 2019.
(Photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)