Nick Cordero, who played the tap-dancing theatre-loving gangster in the lead role of Woody Allen's musical Bullets Over Broadway, will return to Broadway this spring in the male lead of Sara Bareilles' musical Waitress.
He'll take over the role of Earl, oppressive husband of lead character Jenna (Jessie Mueller), in the musical, which starts Broadway previews March 25 and opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre April 24 following a sold-out, world-premiere production at A.R.T in Cambridge, MA. Mueller, who won the Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical for Beautiful, also starred in the A.R.T. production.
Cordero's other credits includt Rock of Ages and A Bronx Tale – the Musical.
Also newly announced for the cast: Thay Floyd (A Christmas Story), Molly Hager (Heathers The Musical), Aisha Jackson (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Ragan Pharris (Waitress at A.R.T.) and Ryan Vasquez (Wicked).
Christopher Fitzgerald, who earned Tony nominations for both Young Frankenstein and Finian’s Rainbow, previously joined the cast as Ogie. He joins fellow Tony nominee Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody), who will recreate the role of Becky that she originated in the show's earlier production.
Also previously announced for the Broadway production: Eric Anderson (South Pacific, Kinky Boots, Rocky, The Last Ship) as Cal, Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Dr. Pomatter, Kimiko Glenn (“Orange Is The New Black,” Spring Awakening, Love’s Labour’s Lost) as Dawn, Dakin Matthews (The Audience, Rocky, The Best Man) as Joe and ensemble members Charity Angél Dawson, Jeremy Morse and Stephanie Torns.
Waitress, according to press notes, concerns "Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, [who] is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness — but Jenna must ultimately decide for herself."
Based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, the new musical has a book by Jessie Nelson and music and lyrics by Grammy winner Bareilles. Waitress will be produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.
Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus with choreography by Lorin Latarro, Waitress will have set design by Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting by Ken Posner, sound by Jonathan Deans, casting by Telsey & Company and music supervision by Nadio DiGiallonardo). Waitress will be produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.