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Waitress extends booking period in West End

The hit Broadway musical has it's first preview in the West End tonight!

Ahead of the first preview performance of Waitress in the West End, more tickets have been released and the show has extended its booking period to 19 October at the Adelphi Theatre.

The Tony-nominated musical by Sara Bareilles will have its official opening night on 7 March.

Currently playing its third year on Broadway, Waitress brings with it an all-female lead creative team – a West End musical first. Waitress stars Katharine McPhee (Smash) as Jenna, Emmy-nominee Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) as Ogie, Marisha Wallace as Becky, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Peter Hannah as Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.

The full company includes Kelly Agbowu, Laura Baldwin, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, David Hunter, Stephen Leask, Jack McBrayer, Chris McGuigan, Katharine McPhee, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Shaun Prendergast, Charlotte Riby, Marisha Wallace and Mark Willshire.

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.

Based on the 2007 film of the same name, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life. When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — shows Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Waitress first opened 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:

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.


Tickets for Waitress in the West End are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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