Waitress Poland Premiere Postponed

Due to further COVID-19 restrictions introduced by the Polish government, TM Roma have had to postpone the premiere of Waitress, originally scheduled for 17 April.

TM Roma said: "We will announce a new release date and show dates after theatre restrictions are lifted. We will then contact people who have already bought tickets to agree on a new date. We really want Waitress to appear on our stage as soon as possible. We hope it will be soon."


Rescheduled UK and Ireland Tour Dates Announced

Following the UK government announcement that theatres can open with social distancing in a COVID-secure way from 17 May 2021, and that they hope to reopen to full capacity after 21 June 2021, the producers of Waitress the Musical have announced new dates for the UK and Ireland tour.

The show will now open in London, at the New Wimbledon Theatre, on 4 September 2021, having played its last performance at the Adelphi Theatre in London on 14 March 2021.

The new dates are as follows, previously announced dates (and previous rescheduled dates) listed where possible. The new dates include some new tour stops, including Iverness and Dartford and Canterbury, both in Kent.

  • London - New Wimbledon Theatre 4 September - 11 September 2021 (from 11 October - 16 October 2021)
  • Leeds – Leeds Grand Theatre 14 September - 18 September 2021 (from 30 August – 4 September 2021)
  • Crawley – The Hawth 20 September – 25 September 2021
  • Sheffield - Lyceum Theatre 28 September - 2 October 2021 (from 26 January - 30 January 2021)
  • Milton Keynes - Milton Keynes Theatre 4 October - 9 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)
  • Bristol - Hippodrome - 8 February - 12 February 2022 (from 29 June - 3 July 2021, originally 9 March - 13 March 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
  • Woking - New Victoria Theatre 14 March - 19 March 2022 (from 7 June - 12 June 2021)
  • Plymouth - Theatre Royal 21 March - 26 March 2022 (from 5 July - 10 July 2021)
  • Llandudno, Wales - Venue Cymru 28 March - 2 April 2022 (from 12 April - 17 April 2021)
  • Inverness - Eden Court 5 April - 9 April 2022
  • Glasgow - King's Theatre 11 April - 16 April 2022 (from 21 June - 26 June 2021)
  • Oxford - New Theatre Oxford 25 April - 30 April 2022
  • Liverpool - Liverpool Empire 9 May - 14 May 2022 (from 31 May - 5 June 2021)
  • Birmingham - Birmingham Hippodrome 16 May - 21 May 2022 (from 11 - 15 May 2021, originally 29 March - 3 March 2021)
  • Southampton – Mayflower Theatre 24 May - 27 May 2022 (from 25 May – 29 May 2021)
  • Cardiff, Wales – Wales Millennium Centre TBC (from 9 August – 14 August 2021)
  • Dublin, Ireland - Bord Gais Energy Theatre 7 June - 18 June 2022 (from 14 November - 21 November 2020)
  • Wolverhampton – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre TBC (from 23 August – 28 August 2021)
  • Dartford - Orchard Theatre 4 July - 9 July 2022
  • Torquay - Princess Theatre 11 July - 16 July 2022 (from 14 March - 19 March 2022)
  • Nottingham - Royal Concert Hall 18 July - 23 July 2022 (from 14 June - 19 June 2021)
  • Bradford – Alhambra 25 July - 30 July 2022 (from 1 May – 8 May 2021)
  • Canterbury - Marlowe Theatre 1 August - 6 August 2022
  • Southend - Cliffs Pavilion 9 August - 13 August 2022 (from 15 February - 20 February 2021, originally 7 September - 11 September 2021)
  • Norwich - Theatre Royal Norwich 15 August - 20 August 2022 (from 13 September - 18 September 2021)

Dates still to be rescheduled

  • Ipswich – Ipswich Regent Theatre 17 May – 22 May 2021


Waitress in Poland Cast Announced

The full cast for Waitress the Musical in Warsaw has been announced by TM Roma. Ogie will be known as Spox for the Polish translation, and the show has a large rotating cast:

Vocal Band - Izabela Bujniewicz, Maria Juźwin, Patrycja Mizerska, Zofia Nowakowska, Agnieszka Przekupień, Monika Rygasiewicz, Krzysztof Cybiński, Paweł Draszba, Robert Kampa, Andrzej Skorupa

Dance Team - Anna Andrzejewska, Joanna Sikorska, Sara Sobieraj, Mariusz Bocianowski, Dariusz Bujnowski, Jan Madej

Vocal Swings - Małgorzata Kampa, Anna Maria Wicka, Krzysztof Bartłomiejczyk, Michał Piprowski


Waitress in Denmark Delayed Till 6 May

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Denmark, the Scandinavian premiere of Waitress the Musical has been delayed till 6 May 2021.

Det Ny Teater are using the staging to have frequent rehearsals so that cast and crew are fully rehearsed and ready for the launch.

The show will be staged with social distancing, leaving empty seats between parties and with only half of the theatre being sold, and face coverings are mandatory for guests throughout.


Waitress in Denmark - Staging Revealed

Det Ny Teater have revealed the staging for the Scandinavian premiere of Waitress, which will open in Copenhagen officially on 7 April 2021 running through to 16 May 2021.

Terry Parsons designed the set for the show; he has previously designed sets and costumes for countless performances around the world, including many recent performances at Det Ny Teater. Educated at Cardiff Art College and London's Central School of Art (now Central Saint Martins, part of University of the Arts, London), he became chief designer for the Belgrade Coventry during his studies. Terry has designed for over 37 West End productions, including Grease, South Pacific, Sweet Charity, Some Like It Hot and Singin 'In The Rain, as well as a number of international productions, including Fame, Grease, Romeo and Juliet and The Dangerous Liaisons. His recent designs in Denmark include Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins and Singin 'In The Rain.

Lighting design for the set is by Jason Taylor, who has designed lights for numerous performances in theatres both across the UK and internationally, including 20 seasons for Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. For Det Ny Teater, he has previously designed lights for Love Never Dies, Evita, Billy Elliot, Jekyll & Hyde and Dance of the Vampires. He was nominated for a Tony Award for 'Best Lighting Design' for the staging of Journey's End at the Belasco Theater, New York. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in the UK, Jason is currently overseeing lighting at Det Ny Teater remotely, from his home in England.


Waitress Japan Showreel Released

Clips from Waitress the Musical in Japan have now been released in an official showreel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc_8n2LNePc

The show has been translated entirely to Japanese - with Sara Bareilles recording her 'turn off your cellphones' pre-show introduction in the language - except for the iconic 'Sugar, Butter, Flour' refrain, which is retained in English.




Waitress Premieres In Japan

Waitress the Musical premiered in Japanese at the Nissay Theatre last night, making it the first production of the show to open since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions on travel and other logistics, some members of the show's creative team went to Japan and quarantined before rehearsals began. Other designers and technicians had to work remotely from thousands of miles away. The associate director oversaw rehearsals with a video link to London. Lighting, sound and production supervision for technical rehearsals was run out of New York City.

“Over the course of our show's history, we have often said, ‘where there's a whisk, there's a way.’ That motto has never been more true. Each department has had to reach back in their cupboards to discover new ingredients, not long-forgotten, but ones we never knew we had. We are so grateful to the international effort of this incredible team, scattered across the globe, navigating multiple time zones and technological platforms, who in the face of unprecedented challenges in an ongoing global pandemic has managed to still find the way,” producer Barry Weissler said in a statement.

The Japanese cast of Waitress is led by Mitsuki Takahata as Jenna, Mamoru Miyano as Dr. Pomatter, Emma Miyazawa as Dawn and LiLiCo and Rinko Urashima alternating in the role of Becky. The musical is presented in Japan by Toho, Fuji TV, and Kyodo Tokyo in association with Barry and Fran Weissler.


Waitress to Open In Denmark on 7 April

Waitress will receive its Scandinavian premiere in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Det Ny Teater on 7 April 2021, delayed from 11 March 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The show will be a non-replica production, with a new set design from Terry Parsons, staging and direction from Lisa Kent and resident director, Mads M. Nielsen, new choreography from Hayley Franks Høier and translation into Danish by Kenneth Thordal.

The full casting is as follows:

  • Jenna - Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg
  • Dawn - Monica Isa Andersen
  • Becky - Sara Gadborg
  • Dr. Pomatter - Lars Mølsted
  • Ogie - Sebastian Harris
  • Earl - Jesper Paasch
  • Joe - Dick Kaysø
  • Cal - Mads M. Nielsen
  • Norma - Camille-Cathrine Rommedahl
  • Ensemble - Emil Birk Hartmann, Rasmus Fruergaard, Henrik Lund, Martin Geertz, Oliver Lundqvist, Frederikke Vedel, Liv Stevns, Christina Elisabeth Mørkøre, Nikoline Harriet
Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg, Sara Gadborg, Monica Isa Andersen and director Lisa Kent

Waitress to Premiere in Poland on 17 April 2021

Waitress the Musical will receive its fourth non-replica premiere in Poland on 17 April 2021 at Teatr Roma (TM Roma) in Warsaw.

Tickets will go on sale from 8 March 2021 at TM Roma's website.

A further non-replica translation of the show is also due to premiere in Copenhagen, Denmark this March.


'The Great Danish Bake Off' Judge Working On Waitress

One of the judges of 'The Great Danish Bake Off' and iconic restauranteur, pastry chef, and author, Mette Blomsterberg, has been working with Maria Luca, who will play Jenna in the Scandinavian premiere of Waitress in Copenhagen.

It might not appear at first glance that the duo have much in common; Mette is 51 and has two children, Laura at 22 and Maja at 18. Maria Luca is 37 and has one child, 8 month old Per Fredy. Maria Lucia finds great happiness when she is on stage, using her beautiful voice in various musicals. Mette is happiest when she is creating sweet temptations in the dessert kitchen. However, Waitress the Musical has brought the pair together.

Lead character, Jenna, is a waitress and master pie baker at Joe's Pie Diner and dreams of winning a big pie baking contest. However, at home, Maria Lucia does not share Jenna's passion for baking, so to be a credible pie baker on stage, she has been working as Mette's apprentice.

"Maria has become really good. She did really well," assures Mette.

As part of the press for Waitress the Musical in Copenhagen, the duo hosted a virtual press event on Microsoft Teams on 23 February.