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Further cast has now been announced for the UK premiere of Waitress, joining Katherine McPhee in the lead role of Jenna. The Tony Award-nominated smash hit musical is set to arrive in the West End next spring.
McPhee found fame on the fifth season of American Idol, finishing the series in runner up position. Since then she has celebrated a successful career as a recording artist, releasing her most recent album I Fall In Love Too Easily in 2017.
Having already played Jenna on the Broadway stage, McPhee is now preparing to make her West End debut. The show will run from 8 February 2019 until 25 May 2019.
Her acting career began in 2013 on the NBC-TV series Smash, with McPhee also recently starring in the CBS drama Scorpion.
She’ll be joined by Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Peter Hannah as Earl, David Hunter as Dr Pomatter, and Marisha Wallace as Becky.
Laura Baldwin’s credits include Janey in Eugenius! and Story Sandra in Big Fish. Peter Hannah arrives following roles in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and Captain Ridley in Cockpit.
David Hunter is currently playing the lead role of Charlie Price in Kinky Boots at London’s Adelphi Theatre, with wider credits including Once, One Man, Two Guvnors,em> and >em>Seussical.
Marisha Wallace, taking on the role of Becky, recently made her West End debut playing Effie White in Dreamgirls.
Currently playing its third year on Broadway, Waitress will bring with it an all-female creative team – a first for a West End musical – when it begins performances at the Adelphi Theatre in February.
Based on the 2007 film of the same name, Waitress opening on Broadway in April 2016 and is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the top four creative roles. With a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Diane Paulus, Waitress is also currently touring the US and has recently announced its Australian premiere for 2020 as well.
Watch our chat with Sara Bareilles about the show’s West End transfer below:
Telling the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town American diner, Waitress celebrates friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie as Jenna dreams of a way to escape her loveless marriage and her fellow waitresses offer up their own recipes to find happiness.
On its Broadway opening, Waitress was nominated for four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Drama League Award Nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.
The production runs from 8 February 2019 until 25 May 2019.
Tickets for Waitress in the West End are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.