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Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee to leave West End production of Waitress in June

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

It has been announced that Katharine McPhee will play the role of Jenna Hunterson in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre with a final performance in June.

McPhee originated the role of Jenna in the show's West End premiere, which began previews on 8th February before an opening night on 7th March.

Waitress marks McPhee's West End debut, reprising her performance as Jenna from the Broadway production in 2018.  

Katharine McPhee will star in Waitress until 15th June where she will make her last performance in the production, with details on who will take over the role to be announced.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress who enters a pie-making competition in order to win a grand prize and start a new life for her and her unborn child. The musical features an original score by Grammy Award-nominated artist Sara Bareilles.

Alongside McPhee, the cast of Waitress currently stars Jack McBrayer as Ogie, who has also made his West End debut in the production, with Marisha Wallace as Becky, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Peter Hannah as Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pommater and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.

In a review for, critic Mark Shenton praised McPhee's acting style, saying she has "an effortlessly natural acting style and an alternately soaring and throbbing singing voice, not least in the show's Act Two power ballad "She Used to Be Mine".

Waitress is at the Adelphi Theatre, with a booking period to 19th October.

Waitress tickets are available now.

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