Waitress to Open in Japan

Waitress the Musical is to open in Japan next year, it was officially announced today. The official website for the show has the tagline: "She had a little complicated trouble when she baked the most delicious pie in the world" and "For modern with worries."

The lead role of Jenna will be played by Mitsuki Takahata, a Japanese actress and singer who won Best Newcomer at both the 41st Elan d'or Awards and the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize in 2017.

Mitsuki said: "A few years ago, I came across this work called Waitress, on Broadway.

"The theatre was filled with excitement from all the customers, and the sweet scent of real pies baking, making it a dreamlike space, which reflects the show. I remember the story, where you can fully feel the power of women, and the songs - written by Sara Bareilles - are wonderful. I remember dashing to buy a soundtrack CD after the performance.

"I've become a fan of the work, and after that, I've seen again in London and New York. And now, I will be appearing in the Japanese version because of my relationship with the work.

"I am so happy to be able to deliver this work, which made me feel very energetic after watching it. I hope you are healthy and I can meet you at the theatre!"

The show is produced and sponsored by Toho, Fuji Television and Kyodo Tokyo. It will open in March 2021 at the Nissay Theatre - further information to be announced shortly.

Sara Bareilles Performs "She Used To Be Mine" for Women In Theatre Fundraiser

Sara Bareilles has performed a 'live from home' version of 'She Used To Be Mine' from Waitress as part of Playbill's benefit special, Women In Theatre: A Centennial Celebration, to support the Broadway Advocacy Coalition.

Find out more about the fundraiser and donate here!

Waitress UK and Ireland Rescheduled Tour Dates Announced

Waitress the Musical producers have announced the rescheduled tour dates for the UK and Ireland tour taking it through 2021 and 2022.

The tour will now open on 1 May 2021 in Bradford, and will include new venues such as the Norwich Theatre Royal, New Wimbledon Theatre (London). The announced dates so far are as follows:

  • Bradford – Alhambra 1 May – 8 May 2021
  • Birmingham - Hippodrome 11 - 15 May 2021 (from 29 March - 3 March 2021)
  • Ipswich – Ipswich Regent Theatre 17 May – 22 May 2021
  • Southampton – Mayflower Theatre 25 May – 29 May 2021
  • Liverpool - Empire 31 May - 5 June 2021
  • Woking - New Victoria Theatre 7 June - 12 June 2021
  • Nottingham - Royal Concert Hall 14 June - 19 June 2021
  • Glasgow - King's Theatre 21 June - 26 June 2021
  • Bristol - Hippodrome - 29 June - 3 July 2021 (from 9 March - 13 March 2021)
  • Plymouth - Theatre Royal 5 July - 10 July 2021
  • Cardiff, Wales – Wales Millennium Centre 9 August – 14 August 2021
  • Wolverhampton – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 23 August – 28 August 2021
  • Leeds – Leeds Grand Theatre 30 August – 4 September 2021
  • Southend - Cliffs Pavilion 7 September - 11 September 2021 (from 15 February - 20 February 2021)
  • Norwich - Theatre Royal 13 September - 18 September 2021
  • Crawley – The Hawth 20 September – 25 September 2021
  • Milton Keynes - Milton Keynes Theatre 4 October - 9 October 2021
  • London - New Wimbledon Theatre 11 October - 16 October 2021
  • Eastbourne - Congress Theatre 18 October - 23 October 2021 (from 15 March - 20 March 2021)
  • Sunderland - Sunderland Empire 25 October - 30 October 2021 (from 1 February - 6 February 2021)
  • Brighton - Theatre Royal 1 November - 6 November 2021 (from 7 December - 12 December 2020)
  • Manchester - Manchester Opera House 8 November - 20 November 2021 (from 30 November - 5 December 2020)
  • Aberdeen - His Majesty's Theatre (from Aberdeen Performing Arts) 23 November - 27 November 2021 (from 23 February - 27 February 2021)
  • Stoke-On-Trent - Regent Theatre 29 November - 4 December 2021
  • Northampton - Royal and Derngate 10 January - 15 January 2022 (from 22 March - 27 March 2021)
  • Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Playhouse 18 January - 22 January 2022 (from 12 January - 16 January 2021)
  • Leicester - Curve 24 January - 29 January 2022 (from 1 March - 7 March 2021)
  • Hull - Hull New Theatre 31 January - 5 February 2022 (from 8 February - 13 February 2021)
  • Bromley - Churchill Theatre 21 February February - 26 February 2022 (from 24 November - 28 November 2020)
  • Belfast - Grand Opera House 1 March - 5 March 2022
  • Newcastle - Theatre Royal 8 March - 12 March 2022
  • Torquay - Theatre Royal 14 March - 19 March 2022
  • Llandudno, Wales - Venue Cymru 28 March - 2 April 2022 (from 12 April - 17 April 2021)

Dates in Dublin and Sheffield are still to be rescheduled.

Waitress UK and Ireland Tour Postponed

The upcoming UK and Ireland tour of Waitress the Musical has been postponed, with theatres across both countries changing the status of the show to 'pending'.

The tour was due to kick off in Dublin on 14 November 2020.

An official announcement is expected from the producers shortly.

Nick Cordero - 17 September 1978 - 5 July 2020

Waitress family member, Nick Cordero, who originated the role of Earl on Broadway, has sadly passed away aged 41 from complications of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Nick is survived by his wife, Amanda Kloots, and their 1-year-old son Elvis Eduardo. In addition to Waitress, Nick was well known for starring in Rock of Ages and Bullets Over Broadway, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination.

Sara Bareilles posted on Instagram: "Broken hearted and sending love to Nick's family. He was light. Kind and gentle. Talented and humble. Funny and friendly. The best laugh. Sending so much love to the love warrior, Amanda, and little Elvis, and an immense hug to any one who is feeling the loss of this giant heart. Rest In Peace dear Nick. We love you. ❤️#sugarbutterfamily"

Kimiko Glenn, who starred as Dawn alongside Nick, said: "I am so lucky to have known you. I remember how much your spontaneous energy made me laugh, how the day Prince died you came into our dressing room in silence and I felt your big beautiful heart breaking. Now my heart breaks for you and your family. Nick passed this morning after a long fight with coronavirus. He was 41, and had no pre-existing conditions. He was young, strong and healthy. As the world gets tired of mask-wearing and social distancing measures, I urge you to remember his story. He spent a month and a half in a coma, lost his leg due to clotting, and was too weak to talk for 95 days. He was the last person I would expect to suffer in such a way. He was a gentle giant and an absolute legend. Please send all your strength to his family, his incredible wife & their 1-year old boy, Elvis. His spirit will live on through you, little man. Rest In Peace, Nick. You will always be remembered."

Keala Settle, Becky, said: "You will always be my idol. Thank you for all the laughs, the music and the best hugs. Sleep well, brother. 💔 ILYSM."

Drew Gehling, who starred as Dr. Pomatter with Nick, added: "Nick made work fun every day. I wrote an email to Amanda the day he was admitted to the hospital while it was pouring rain. I’ll never forget it. I wrote the last line and looked up to see a giant rainbow above the Hudson. I’ll miss you always my friend. I’m lucky to have known you. I’m certainly better for it. Your son Elvis has a world of people with stories to tell and I can’t wait to pass on a few."

Nadia DiGiallonardo posted: "This is so hard to wrap our heads around. We love you, Nick. We are all so lucky to have known you - you’ll be missed every single day. ❤️ Sending Amanda and Elvis tons of love."

RIP Nick Cordero - 17 September 1978 - 5 July 2020

Please consider supporting Amanda and Elvis via this GoFundMe page at this heartbreaking time.

Waitress Broadway Cast Cover Nick Cordero's "Live Your Life"

Members of the Broadway cast of Broadway have come together over Zoom to record a cover of Nick Cordero's "Live Your Life" to raise awareness and help support his recovery.

Nick continues to recover from COVID-19 related symptoms, with his wife Amanda Kloots continuing to update fans and followers about her husband's condition on Instagram. Nick has been making progress in his recovery, but has had a recent procedure for a temporary pacemaker after having his right leg amputated.

Cast members and friends, dubbed 'Sugar, Butter, Family' including Sara Bareilles, Jessie Mueller, Eric Anderson, Kimiko Glenn, Keala Settle, Jenna Ushkowitz, Fran Curry, Charity Angel Dawson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Becky Fleming, Thomas Gates, Drew Gehling, Henry Gottfried, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Molly Jobe, Claire Kean, McKenna Kean, Max Kumangai, Dakin Matthews, Adele Miskie, Jodie Moore, Jeremy Morse, Jenny Pendergraft, Ragan Pharris, Marisha Ploski, Tom Sharkey, Anita Shastri, Phil Stoehr, Stephanie Torns, Ryan Vasquez and Ricky Jay Yates took part in the virtual recording.

The Waitress band, led by Nadia DiGiallonardo (piano), also took part with Yair Evnine (guitar, cello), Adam Kaufman (organ), Rich Mercurio (drums), Lee Nadel (bass) and Meg Toohey (guitar, slide).

The official press release said: "In support of Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero, who has been fighting COVID-19 since March 31, we're proud to share one of Nick's original songs 'Live Your Life' performed by his Broadway Waitress family."

In support of her husband, Amanda has been asking fans and loved ones to sing and dance on social media using the hashtag #WakeUpNick. A GoFundMe page was recently created by their friends to support her and raise funds for Nick's medical bills as he is currently being treated at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

His Waitress family also included the link to the GoFundMe page as well as the hashtag #WakeUpNick in their video. Please consider supporting him and his family during this difficult time.

Waitress cast on Cameo

As theatres around the world are closed, many actors and celebrities are joining Cameo, where you can commission a personalised video message from them.

Here is a list of all Waitress cast members, past and present, we have found on Cameo:

Broadway & First National Tour

West End

Waitress in the Netherlands Postponed Indefinitely

The forthcoming Dutch production of Waitress, due to start in September 2020, has been postponed indefinitely due to the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Produced by MediaLane Theater in collaboration with Stichting Theateralliance, the producers say they are currently investigating whether the musical can be rescheduled and take place later. Those who currently have tickets will be refunded by the respective box offices.

Iris van den Ende, CEO MediaLane and Miel Gouda, Head of Theatre at MediaLane, said: "Over the past year we have expanded MediaLane's theatre department. We started with an eye for talent and quality in productions. We have invested heavily into our first musical title, Hello, Dolly! but unfortunately we were only able to play one performance after the premiere. This is of course very unfortunate and we can't wait to show Hello, Dolly! to the public again, once things have settled.

"Waitress was on the schedule for autumn 2020. Given the current insecure situation in the Netherlands, with the theatre industry being hit hard, we are currently unable to produce such a large production as Waitress.

"In addition to the economic impact on the industry and our company, we also have problems preparing for the musical.

"We are in love with the musical Waitress and are investigating if we can still bring this beautiful production to the Dutch theatres in the future. The cast and all others involved have been informed today.

"For everyone involved - our enthusiastic employees, front and behind the scenes - this is an emotional hit. These kind of decisions are heavy and sad but necessary in order to prepare MediaLane Theater for the future. We see a positive future, one in which we are producing beautiful musicals."

Nick Cordero in hospital with suspected Coronavirus

Nick Cordero, who originated the role of Cal in Waitress the Musical on Broadway, has been diagnosed with pneumonia and suspected Coronavirus, and is in intensive care.

His wife Amanda Kloots posted on Instagram that Nick is “in the ICU and now unconscious” after being diagnosed with pneumonia last week.

“My sweet husband needs your prayers please. Nick has been sick for awhile with what we were told last week was pneumonia. Unfortunately we think he was misdiagnosed and we are waiting to hear if this is in fact COVID-19. He is scared, in the ICU and now unconscious so his body can get enough oxygen. We are all trying to stay positive and strong knowing that he is in the best care.

“I miss him terribly. I’m not allowed there to visit of course and can do nothing to help him. Nick is scared too, this has gone from bad to worse. He isn’t allowed to eat or drink, he is very weak and having a hard time breathing. Elvis and I are feeling completely fine. My hubby is fighting like a champ but this is serious. Please stay home everybody. Thank you to everyone who has been helping us so far you know who are and you are all angels. ”

Amanda updated her Instagram story to say the doctors have told her that Nick is stable, his oxygen levels are OK, but that they need to prepare for the long-haul, as this is the beginning. They are awaiting the results of the Coronavirus test. She sends further thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers.

Sara Bareilles posted on Twitter: "Sending love to Nick Cordero. Big time. Please send love love love love healing love healing love strength healing love."

Waitress announces West End closure

The producers of Waitress the Musical in London's West End have officially confirmed the show's early closure, due to Coronavirus.

The statement reads: "It is with great sadness that we’re closing our beloved London production of Waitress the Musical.

"As you’re aware, we’ve had to temporarily lower the curtain at the Adelphi Theatre and it’s now unlikely that the diner will reopen once this period of uncertainty is over. If things do change and there is a world in which we believe we could continue a run at the Adelphi before 4 July, we will be in touch with you.

"Ticket holders will be contacted in due course by their point of purchase.

"With our best wishes for your health and safety."

Sara Bareilles posted on Twitter: "This is the heaviest. I'm so sorry for our brilliant company members and our audiences that won't get to say goodbye to the show with a curtain call. We are all indebted to the incredible waitress fans who gave us an extraordinary run. Love, love, love and gratitude. Stay safe."

Lucie Jones, who first played the role of Jenna on 16 May 2019 for a week, having been involved in official photoshoots with Joey McIntyre on Broadway in 2018, was due to return to the role of Jenna following the departure of Sara Bareilles. Due to illness, she played her last full show as Jenna in early January 2020. She said: "My heart is broken. I’ll never forget any of this. Thank you to the incredible cast crew and fan family of Waitress - you hold an incredibly special place in my heart."

David Hunter, who originated the role of Dr. Pomatter on the West End, played his last show on 25 January 2020 before Gavin Creel took over for a limited season. He said: "I wish there could have been more, but I’ll always savour the time we had. Wasn’t it just glorious? A beautiful, beautiful, life-changing thing. Farewell Waitress, my friend."

The announcement means Waitress the Musical played its last show on the West End on Saturday 14 March 2020, a week after celebrating a full year run since its official opening. The UK and Ireland tour is still due to open later this year as planned.