The announcement marks Bareilles' Broadway debut, yet she's surely familiar with the show itself, given that she wrote the lyrics and composed the music. Sara Bareilles is going to star in Broadway's "Waitress" and we've got all the details you need to before you buy your ticket! She's taking over the lead role in Broadway's Waitress, for which she wrote all of the original music, she announced in a Facebook video this morning (February 15).
Bareilles' ten-week engagement in "Waitress" runs March 31-June 11.
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The current cast of Waitress also includes Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Christopher Fitzgerald as Ogie, Charity Angel Dawson as Becky, Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn, Dakin Matthews as Joe, William Popp as Earl and Eric Anderson as Cal. The Grammy and Tony nominee will take on the main role of Jenna Hunterson, which was originated by Tony victor Jessie Mueller.
Waitress is a musical adaptation of the 2007 indie film which centers around Jenna, a pregnant waitress in an unhappy marriage who relies on her pie-making skills to give her a better life. "I'm making the big jump, and it feels like a completion of sorts, a coming full circle with this project". When I started working on it, I didn't know how fully it would engulf me and my creative sensibilities. This show, the people who made it, and these characters have become more precious to me than I could ever say. Bareilles wrote the score for the musical, and ended up receiving a 2016 Tony nomination for her work.
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Her stint in the production isn't the first time a pop composer has stepped into a Broadway musical he or she has written.
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