Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel to Talk Waitress at Starbucks and Chase Virtual Event

Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel are to take part in a virtual conversation about Waitress the Musical, for Starbucks Rewards Visa card holders, part of the Experiences from Chase deal.

20 cardmembers can purchase access to the event for $25, with 40 other packages available at $125 including orchestra seating for a performance of Waitress at the Barrymore Theatre.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear behind-the-scenes stories and to ask questions during a hosted live Q&A. Sara will also perform one song live on the show.

Tickets can be purchased here.

This event is produced in partnership with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a cause of which Sara and Gavin are longtime champions. This partnership is helping to make a lifesaving difference to those in need across the country. Broadway Cares is the philanthropic arm of the Broadway community dedicated to helping men, women and children living with COVID-19, HIV/AIDS and other debilitating illnesses receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling, and emergency financial assistance. Broadway Cares funds more than 450 social service organizstions in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, as well as The Actors Fund, which provides emergency assistance and support for the entertainment industry and performing arts.

Joshua Henry Announced as Dr. Pomatter; Tyrone Davis, Jr to Star as Ogie

Waitress the Musical have announced two new cast changes for the Broadway restaging of the show, with Tony nominee Joshua Henry joining the cast as Dr. Pomatter on 29 November. On the same date, current ensemble member, Tyrone Davis, Jr will take over as Ogie full-time (one of the roles he understudies).

The changes happen a few days after Ciara Renée joins the cast as Jenna Hunterson.

Joshua Henry earned Tony nominations for The Scottsboro Boys, Violet, and, most recently, Carousel. His additional stage credits include Hamilton, The Wrong Man, and Porgy & Bess. On screen, he currently appears alongside Jason Momoa in Apple TV+’s 'See', and can be seen in the upcoming film adaptation of 'tick, tick…BOOM!'.

Tyrone made his Broadway debut as part of the ensemble in Waitress the Musical's original run, and will now have his first headline run in the restaging.

Ciara Renée to Star as Jenna on Broadway

Ciara Renée will take over from Jennifer Nettles as Jenna in the Broadway re-staging of Waitress the Musical. Ciara's first show will be 25 November, playing through to 9 January, when the show will close.

Ciara most recently starred as Elsa in Disney’s Frozen on Broadway before the COVID-19 shutdown last year. She also starred in the Off-Broadway play The Wrong Man, opposite Joshua Henry and Ryan Vazquez, as well as originating the role of The Witch in Big Fish and appearing in Diane Paulus' production of Pippin on Broadway.

Stoke-On-Trent Run Cancelled

Lucie Jones' final dates as Jenna at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-On-Trent have been cancelled due to low ticket sales at the theatre.

The UK and Ireland tour of Waitress the Musical was due to play at the Regent Theatre from 29 November - 4 December at the theatre, but will now go on an extended break in December. Lucie Jones will play her final performance as Jenna in Aberdeen on 27 November 2021. Before that, the show will play for two weeks in Manchester from 8 November to 20 November.

The tour will then resume on 10 January 2022 with Chelsea Halfpenny as Jenna in Northampton.

Chelsea Halfpenny to Star as Jenna In UK Tour

Chelsea Halfpenny, best known for playing Amy in the ITV soap opera 'Emmerdale' and Alicia in the BBC drama 'Casualty', will take over from Lucie Jones as Jenna on the UK and Ireland tour from 10 January 2022.

Lucie Jones is rumoured to be leaving to star in a revival of Legally Blonde in the West End, reprising her role from the UK tour.

Chelsea will star in the show from 10 January at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton, joined by Matt Willis as Dr. Pomatter, Sandra Marvin as Becky and Evelyn Hoskins as Dawn.

There will be further cast changes announced for shows from 8 March 2022, at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Erich Bergen to Return to Broadway for Limited Run

Erich Bergen will return to Waitress the Musical, as part of the Broadway restaging for two limited periods in October 2021. Erich previously played Dr. Jim Pomatter in 2018 and 2019.

Erich will join the show alongside Jennifer Nettles as Jenna; Ben Thompson will also reprise his role as Cal in the show, with Nik Dodani making his debut as Ogie.

Erich will star in Waitress for two weeks from 19 October to 24 October and again from 1 November to 7 November.

Drew Gehling will star as Dr. Pomatter from 26 October to 31 October and then again from 9 November to 24 November. Further casting will be announced later.

Jennifer Nettles to star as Jenna on Broadway

Jennifer Nettles from country act, Sugarland, will star as Jenna in Waitress the Musical’s Broadway restaging from 19 October to 24 November.

Joining her will be Maiesha McQueen as Becky and Ashley Blanchet as Dawn, who join the cast from 5 October. Further casting is yet to be announced.

Film Crew Spotted at Broadway Restaging

Following reports that Waitress the Musical was due to be filmed in London last year, before the COVID-19 pandemic caused Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel to leave the UK earlier than expected, speculation was high that the Broadway restaging would be filmed as a professionally shot (prophet) recording.

A film crew branded 'All Access' was seen arriving today with specialist equipment, unloading into the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where the show is playing, fuelling reports that the proshot will take place this week.

Waitress Celebrates "Nick Cordero Day"

The cast of Waitress the Musical on Broadway were presented with a proclamation by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media Entertainment, commemorating 17 September 2021 as “Nick Cordero Day.” The day would have been Nick's 43rd birthday.

Commissioner Anne Del Castillo attended on behalf of Mayor Bill de Blasio, heralding the day for “the indelible imprint that Nick has left on the history of this production… and the many ways he has enriched our vital creative community and the world of musical theatre.”

Upon being presented with the proclamation, Sara Bareilles shared that the commemoration honours “his legacy and the beautiful memory of him that lives in our show forever and also runs through the city - and the theatre district in particular.”

Waitress US Tour Cast Changes Announced

The tour cast for the Waitress US and Canada tour, which was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been announced, featuring most of the cast from the 2019/20 tour, which came to an abrupt pause in March 2020.

The tour features Jisel Soleil Ayon in her tour debut as Jenna, with David Socolar, Kennedy Salters and Gabriella Marietta returning in their roles of Dr. Pomatter, Becky and Dawn respectively.

The tour resumes on 2 October 2021 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Ohio.