Eddie Jemison

Waitress film star Eddie Jemison to reprise role of Ogie and make Broadway debut

Jemison joins the Broadway cast of Waitress from February 11 through to April 28, 2019.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

From the screen to the stage! Eddie Jemison, who originated the role of Ogie in the 2007 film of Waitress opposite Golden Globe winner Keri Russell, is now set to make his Broadway debut and reprise the role in the hit Broadway musical for a limited engagement from February 11 through to April 28, 2019 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Perhaps best known for his recurring roles in TV series such as The CW's "iZombie," HBO's "Hung," and NBC's "Chicago Med," Mr. Jemison has also appeared regularly on stage in Chicago, with theatre credits including Life Sucks, Two Gentleman of VeronaOnly Kidding, and Wizards of Quiz. Aside from "Waitress," his film credits include "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve," "Ocean's Thirteen," and "The Punisher."

The current princiap cast of Waitress includes two-time Tony Award nominee Sara Bareilles (as Jenna), Tony Award winner Gavin Creel (as Dr. Pomatter), NaTasha Yvette Williams (as Becky), Lenne Klingaman (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 announced, "New Kids on the Block" star Joey McIntyre is set to assume the role of Dr. Pomatter from February 5 through to April 7, 2019. 

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 September 1, 2019.

(Photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown​)

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