Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks will return to Broadway to star in Waitress

Sparks is set to assume the role of Jenna from September 16 through October 27, 2019 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Grammy Award nominee and "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks is set to return to the Great White Way and star in Broadway's hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for a limited engagement from September 16 through October 27, 2019. She will assume the leading role of Jenna, with current cast member Alison Luff to play her final performance in the role on September 15.

Ms. Sparks shot to fame after winning the sixth season of "American Idol" in 2007. She has released three studio albums to date - Jordin Sparks in 2007, Battlefield in 2009, and Right Here Right Now in 2015 - and even received a Grammy Award nomination in 2009 for her celebrated duet with Chris Brown, "No Air." She made her film debut in 2012 opposite Whitney Houston in "Sparkle" and made her Broadway debut as Nina Rosario in Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights in 2010.

The current principal cast of Waitress includes Alison Luff (as Jenna), Mark Evans (as Dr. Pomatter), Charity Angél Dawson​ (as Becky), Colleen Ballinger (as Dawn), Ben Thompson (as Earl), Tony Award nominee Larry Marshall (as Old Joe), Benny Elledge (as Cal), and Todrick Hall (as Ogie).

YouTube sensations Colleen "Miranda Sings" Ballinger and Todrick Hall are also scheduled to play their final performances in the Broadway production on September 15, 2019.

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

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 courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)


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