The producers of the Broadway hit Waitress have announced that on 31 March, beloved Broadway leading man and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson will join the company in the role of Earl, the ne’er-do-well husband of the show’s leading character, Jenna, who will be played by the shows composer and lyricist Sara Bareilles, who also begins performances on the 31st.
Also joining the company then is the previously announced Chris Diamantopoulos who will take over the role of Dr. Pomatter.
Earl is currently played by William Popp, who will play his final performance on March 30.
Jessie Mueller, who currently stars as Jenna, will play her final performance on March 26.
Inspired by the hit 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 loveless marriage.
A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness.
But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street).
Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.
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