Drew Gehling & Jessie Mueller in Waitress

Drew Gehling returns for final shift at Waitress on Broadway

Gehling reprises his role as Dr. Pomatter for the remainder of the Broadway run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Original company member Drew Gehling returns to the role of Dr. Pomatter in the hit Broadway musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre tonight and is scheduled to remain with the production for the remainer of its Broadway run through January 5, 2020.

This marks Gehling's fifth and final shift at the diner. He made his Broadway debut as Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys and also starred as Warren Smith in the Broadway premiere of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

The current principal cast of Waitress also includes Grammy Award nominee and "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks (as Jenna through November 24), Natasha Yvette Williams (as Becky), Caitlin Houlahan (as Dawn), Ben Thompson (as Earl), Tony Award nominee Larry Marshall (as Old Joe), Benny Elledge (as Cal), and three-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (as Ogie).

As previously reported, NBC's "TODAY Show" star Al Roker is also set to reprise the role of Old Joe for a return limited engagement from November 1 through November 24, 2019.

Waitress officially opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016, following previews from March 25, and is scheduled to close on January 5, 2020.

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 seven-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 January 5, 2020.

(Photo by Jeremy Daniel)


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