Though the Tony- and Grammy-nominated Bareilles wrote the show’s music, she did not originate the role of the pie-baking Jenna (that was Jessie Mueller), but Bareilles has taken the Waitress center stage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for two previous and very popular stints. The first was in 2017, the second in January 2018.
For the third time around, Bareilles will be joined by Gavin Creel (Tony Award winner for 2017’s Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler) as Dr. Pomatter.
Bareilles and Creel will play the Diane Paulus-directed Waitress engagement from January 7 to February 3, 2019.
The casting was announced today by producers Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.
“We have three productions of Waitress running,” said Bareilles about the Broadway, London and touring shows, “and this is my third time in my beloved Jenna’s shoes. I can’t think of anything I would rather do to kick off this incredible milestone year than return to my favorite place on earth next to the one and only Gavin Creel.”
Since her 2007 breakthrough with the hit “Love Song”, Bareilles has received six Grammy nominations and published a 2015 bestselling memoir Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song. Her music for Waitress earned both Tony and Grammy nominations.
Last Easter, Bareilles appeared in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (Emmy nominated) and in June co-hosted the Tony Awards with Josh Groban.
Creel’s Broadway credits, in addition to Hello, Dolly! include Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles, Hair, The Book of Mormon and She Loves Me. On TV he appeared on ABC’s Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime opposite Julie Andrews.
Nicolette Robinson will continue in the role of Jenna through Sunday, Dec. 9, with Stephanie Torns then stepping in.