Laura Baldwin, Peter Hannah, David Hunter and Marisha Wallace are to join Katharine McPhee in the original London company of Waitress the musical.
Further casting has been announced for the original London company of the Tony Award-winning musical Waitress by Sara Bareilles. Marisha Wallace (currently playing Effie in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre) will play Becky alongside Laura Baldwin (Eugenius!, Shrek UK Tour) as Dawn, with Peter Hannah (Shakespeare In Love, A Clockwork Orange) as Earl and David Hunter (Kinky Boots, Once) as Dr Pomatter. The four new principals will join the previously announced Katharine McPhee who will make her West End debut starring as Jenna, having played the role on Broadway earlier this year.
Waitress opened on 24 April 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theater. Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress was the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, featuring original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson ( I Am Sam ), direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin , Finding Neverland ) and choreography by Lorin Latarro. The production is currently touring the US and has also recently announced it will have its Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
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.
Waitress will begin preview performances on 8 February 2019 at London’s Adelphi Theatre.