Lucie Jones will return to the West End to play Jenna in Waitress. She'll begin performances full-time as Jenna June 17, stepping in for Katharine McPhee at London's Adelphi Theatre.
Also joining the Sara Bareilles musical June 17 will be Ashley Roberts (The Pussycat Dolls), who steps into the role of Dawn in her West End debut.
Savvy Waitress fans may have speculated Jones' casting after promotional materials for the musical, featuring the singer in Jenna's signature uniform, began to pop up around New York City in February. No announcement had been made regarding her casting, and the advertisements did not mentions Jones by name. She has also been spotted with Waitress composer Sara Bareilles at shows around the city.
Months later, Jones took center stage as Jenna in an unannounced vacation cover engagement during McPhee's scheduled absence.
After a breakout performance on series six of the U.K.'s The X Factor in 2009, Jones went on to appear on the U.K. stage in such shows as Les Misérables, We Will Rock You, American Psycho, Legally Blonde, Rent, and The Wedding Singer. She represented the U.K in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 with the song "Never Give Up On You."
Roberts, best known as a member of The Pussycat Dolls, was a 2018 Strictly Come Dancing finalist.
The musical, featuring a book by Jessie Nelson, began London performances in February. In addition to McPhee, the current cast includes 30 Rock Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer as Ogie, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter, Marisha Wallace as Becky, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Peter Hannah as Earl, and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.