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Chris Diamantopoulos to star in Waitress on Broadway

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Emmy nominee Chris Diamantopoulos will join the cast of the hit Broadway musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, assuming the role of Dr. Pomatter from March 31, 2017. Current cast member Drew Gehling will play his final performance in the role on March 30.

Chris Diamantopoulos previously appeared on the Great White Way as Marius in the original Broadway production of 'Les Misérables,' and as Ethan Girard in the Broadway premiere of 'The Full Monty.' His many TV and Film credits include "Silicon Valley," "Good Girls Revolt," "The Three Stooges," "24," "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy," and he also voiced the iconic character of Mickey Mouse from 2013 to 2016, earning an Emmy nomination in 2014.

As previously announced, Tony and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, who provided the music and lyrics for Waitress, will will make her Broadway debut in the lead role of Jenna in the production from March 31 through June 11, succeeding the show's original star Jessie Mueller, who plays her final performance on March 26, 2017.

The principal cast of Waitress currently includes Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Jenna), Charity Angél Dawson (Becky), Caitlin Houlahan (Dawn), Drew Gehling (Dr. Pomatter), Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Ogie), William Popp (Earl), and Dakin Matthews (Joe).

Waitress officially opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016, following previews from March 25, and is currently booking through September 3, 2017.

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 five-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.


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