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Sara Bareilles will return to Waitress in January 2018
The writer of the hit Broadway musical is set to reprise the leading role of Jenna for a limited six-week enagagemnt at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
"Opening Up"... Again! The Broadway production of Waitress will welcome back the show's composer/lyricist Tony and six-time Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles for a limited six-week return engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from January 16, 2018. Ms. Bareilles previously made her Broadway debut in the musical, succeeding the show's original star Jessie Mueller as Jenna and playing a limited run from March 31 through to June 11, 2017. Current cast member Betsy Wolfe is scheduled to play her final performance as Jenna on January 9, 2018.
Ms. Bareilles released the following statement: “I’m taking another shift at the diner and I couldn’t be more excited about it! :) Waitress is fast approaching its second birthday on Broadway and the thrill of seeing this show continue to thrive and touch audiences will truly never get old. I am overjoyed at how our fans have embraced this show and I can’t wait to get back into my apron and say thank you to them once again. I will be alongside my friend and resident Dr. Pomatter, Jason Mraz, for a mini miracle of schedules aligning for his final two weeks in the show... and then I’ll be serving up pie through February and loving every minute of it. Please come join me in my happy place at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for a limited run and get a little Sugar Butter Flour fix after the holidays. Love love love.”
Current cast member and two-time Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz has extended his limited engagement as Dr. Pomatter by two weeks and will now play his final performance opposite Sara Bareilles on January 28, 2018. Mr. Mraz and Ms. Bareilles previously collaborated on the tracks “Bad Idea” and “You Matter To Me” from Bareilles' album “What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress”.
Sara Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter who has sold over one million albums and over nine million singles/downloads in the United States alone. She has earned six Grammy Award nominations so far, including "Album of the Year" and "Best Musical Theater Album", along with a Tony Award nomination for Best Score.
The current cast of Waitress includes Betsy Wolfe (as Jenna), two-time Grammy Award winner 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 Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (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 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 Jeremy Daniel)