Alex Wyse & Lenne Klingaman

Alex Wyse and Jenne Klingaman to join Waitress on Broadway

The Broadway cast welcomes Alex Wyse and Lenne Klingaman as Ogie and Dawn, respectively, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from October 9, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Broadway's hit musical Waitress is set to welcome two new principal cast member from October 9, 2018, as Alex Wyse and Lenne Klingaman assume the roles of Ogie and Dawn, respectively, from current cast members Adam Shapiro and Katie Lowes.

Alex Wyse has previously appeared on the Great White Way in Lysistrata Jones and the 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. His Off-Broadway credits include Ride the Cyclone, Bare and Triassic Parq, and he has also appeared in the national tour of Wicked.

Lenne Klingaman is set to make her Broadway debut in Waitress, after originating the role of Dawn on the show's first national tour.

The current principal cast of Waitress includes Nicolette Robinson (as Jenna), Drew Gehling (as Dr. Pomatter), NaTasha Yvette Williams (as Becky), Katie Lowes (as Dawn), Ben Thompson (as Earl), Bill Nolte (as Joe), Benny Elledge (as Cal), and Adam Shapiro (as Ogie).

As previously announced, NBC's TODAY Show star Al Roker will officially make his Broadway debut as Joe for a limited engagement from October 5 through to November 11, 2018. He is set to play six performances each week and will not appear on Saturday and Sunday matinees.

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 March 31, 2019.

(Photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

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