Sara Bareilles Steps Into Waitress On Broadway
Grammy and Tony Award nominee Sara Bareilles makes her Broadway debut tonight in the role of Jenna in Waitress, for which she is also the composer-lyricist.
Bareilles steps into the role of Jenna following in the footsteps of Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, who originated the role on Broadway. Bareilles appears in the production for a limited 10-weeks only through June 11th, 2017. As mentioned above, Bareilles is also the composer-lyricist for the show which officially opened on Broadway April 25th, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. The Broadway transfer of the production followed an out-of-town run at A.R.T. the previous summer. A year ago to the day yesterday, Bareilles made her Broadway debut, by accident, stepping onstage to entertain the audience when a technical malfunction with the show’s automation brought the performance to a halt. She won over the audience performing “Part Of Your World” and “Down At The Diner”, a cut song from the production.
Two new leading cast members step into the production March 31st as well joining Bareilles in her Broadway debut. Christopher Diamantopoulos will step into the role of Dr. Pomatter taking over for Drew Gehling and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson will step into the role of Earl taking over for William Popp. Diamantopoulos is best known for his work on television appearing in series such as The Starter Wife, Arrested Development and 24. He has performed in the theater before making his Broadway debut as Marius in Les Miserables and last appearing in The Full Monty. Swenson is a Broadway favorite, appearing last season in Disaster!, and has been seen in Les Miserables, Priscilla Queen Of the Desert and 110 In The Shade.
LUNER LOWDOWN: At last, Sara Bareilles returns home to Waitress on Broadway to step into the leading role of Jenna. I think it goes without saying this is a moment many have awaited for quite some time now. Since the musical first got its footing, many have speculated and hoped Bareilles would one day step into the musical herself and make her Broadway debut. Tonight, that dream comes true for not only so many of her fans but Bareilles herself who has admitted to being a huge fan of the theater since she was a child. Turned onto the art form by her sister, she stated in a 2015 interview she was obsessed with CATS, The Sound Of Music, The Phantom Of The Opera and even Miss Saigon. She also performed in many community productions such Little Shop Of Horrors and The Mystery Of Edwin Drood as a child. Her return to the theater is not only long overdue but anxiously awaited. I’m very much hoping to see Bareilles take on her own show during her time at Waitress!
Many thanks to the Waitress Facebook Page for the featured photo in the article.
Don’t miss your chance to see composer-lyricist Sara Bareilles step into her very own show now on Broadway through June 11th only! Who knows what surprises this Grammy and Tony Award nominee might cook up!