Full West End cast announced for Waitress London premiere
The cast is led by Katharine McPhee, best known for her role in the US musical comedy series Smash. She plays Jenna Hunterson, a waitress with a passion for pie-making and a troubled personal life.
McPhee is joined by Marisha Wallace who recently completed her run in the musical Dreamgirls, David Hunter who recently starred in Kinky Boots also at the Adelphi, and 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer making his West End debut, and Eugenius’ Laura Baldwin.
It has been announced that Shaun Prendergast joins the cast as diner owner Old Joe. His previous theatre credits include Judi Dench's production of Much Ado About Nothing in the West End, Oh! What a Lovely War and The Rise and Fall Of Little Voice. He is also known for playing DS Holt in EastEnders and Robert Bain in Waterloo Road.
Completing the cast will be Kelly Agbowu, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, Stephen Leask, Chris McGuigan, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder and Charlotte Riby.
With songs by singer Sara Bareilles, the musical is an adaptation based on a film written by and starring the late Adrienne Shelley. It features songs like “Opening Up”, “When He Sees Me”, “Bad Idea”, “Everything Changes” and “She Used To Be Mine”, the latter of which was released as a single as performed by Bareilles.
Last month, it was announced that at a number of performances at the Adelphi Theatre, audience members will be encouraged to sign up for ‘cast album karaoke’, where budding performers will get the chance to perform songs from the soundtrack on stage after the performance, backed by the production’s musical director. Click here to find out more.