'She Used To Be Mine' Performed On "Strictly Come Dancing"

Tonight's musicals episode of BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing" featured a Viennese waltz to 'She Used To Be Mine', complete with "SCD Pie Diner" sign and baking props.

Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice performed to the song, and received a score of 27, with each of the three judges scoring the performance 9/10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F43E15w7Rjo

Waitress Japanese Cast Announced

Casting for Waitress the Musical in Japan has been announced, including Swedish TV personality and film critic, LiLiCo, who will play the role of Becky alongside Rinko Urashima.



The cast is as follows:

The show will open on 9 March 2021 in Tokyo, before travelling to 3 other parts of the country, with dates as follows:

  • Tokyo - Kyodo 9 March - 30 March 2021
  • Fukuoka - Hakataza 4 April - 11 April 2021
  • Osaka - Umeda Arts Theatre 15 April - 19 April 2021
  • Nagoya - Misonoza 29 April - 2 May 2021

You can find out more and purchase tickets here.


A Special Zoom With Jennas of Waitress on Broadway

Broadway Evolved are hosting a special Zoom with Jennas of Waitress on Broadway on Tuesday 17 November 17 from 8pm-9:15pm ET.

Shoshana Bean, Jessie Mueller, Nicolette Robinson, Betsy Wolfe, and the composer herself, Sara Bareilles, will be together for an in-depth conversation. These Broadway Jennas will reminisce about their time with the beloved Tony nominated production, life beyond, and answer a few participant questions, in special 75 minute Zoom reunion.

You can book your ticket for $35 USD here.

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Sara Bareilles Talks To Kelly Clarkson for 'Salute to Servers' Week

Sara Bareilles appeared on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show' yesterday to talk about what she's been up to, promoting the release of "More Love: Songs from 'Little Voice' Season One," as well as talking about Waitress the Musical and being a waitress for 'Salute to Servers' week.




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 few complications when she baked the most delicious pie in the world" and "For modern women with troubles."

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.


Peter Hannah Launches West End Theatre Drawings on Etsy

Peter Hannah, who originated the role of Earl in the West End production of Waitress, has launched an Etsy shop of drawings of famous West End theatres.

Amongst the drawings is the London Palladium, the Arts Theatre (with Six the Musical playing, which is due to continue playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where Waitress opened in New York, when Broadway shows reopen), the Shaftesbury Theatre (with & Juliet playing), and the Victoria Palace Theatre (with Hamilton playing).

Peter has also drawn the iconic Adelphi Theatre, where he played Earl in Waitress, with Waitress playing:

Visit Peter's Etsy shop of drawings here or search 'Peter Hannah Art' on Etsy.


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.