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Nicolette Robinson

Nicolette Robinson to make Broadway debut as Jenna in Waitress

Ms. Robinson will assume the role of Jenna from September 4 through to October 28 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Welcome to the diner! Producers of hit musical Waitress have announced that Nicolette Robinson will make her Broadway debut and assume the leading role of Jenna in the Broadway production from September 4 through to October 28, 2018 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. "American Idol" and "Smash" star Katharine McPhee is set to play her final performance in the role on August 19.

Ms. Robinson has previously appeared off-Broadway in the Second Stage Theater production of Invisible Thread and the Vineyard Theatre production of Brooklynite in 2015. She is also known for her role as Jane on Showtime's "The Affair".

The current principal cast of Waitress includes Katharine McPhee (as Jenna until August 19), Erich Bergen (as Dr. Pomatter until August 12), NaTasha Yvette Williams (as Becky), Katie Lowes (as Dawn), Ben Thompson (as Earl), Bill Nolte (as Joe), Joe Cassidy (as Cal), and Adam Shapiro (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 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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