Waitress composer Sara Bareilles will make her West End debut as Jenna in the London bow of her musical. Joining her will be Tony and Olivier winner Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!, The Book of Mormon) as Dr. Pomatter. The pair begin performances January 27, 2020, for a six-week limited run at the Adelphi Theatre, where Waitress has played since this spring. The two co-starred in the Broadway production earlier this year.
Bareilles, who has frequently taken center stage in the musical at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in multiple engagements, announced that she was crossing the pond on Twitter. Watch below.
Sweetest announcement alert! Thrilled to share that I’m headed over the pond to play Jenna with my #WaitressLondon family for 6 weeks starting 1/27 in the West End! & my bestie @gavincreelofficail is joining me to make it even sweeter! Sugar Butter London! https://t.co/Gnqwwce9YZ pic.twitter.com/vhEFu00RYS— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) November 4, 2019
London's current Jenna and Dr. Pomatter, Lucie Jones and David Hunter, will return to their respective roles March 9, 2020.
Based on the 2007 movie by the late Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a score by Bareilles, a book by Jessie Nelson, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction by Tony winner Diane Paulus.
The musical will end its Broadway run at the Brooks Atkinson January 5, 2020, with a new North American tour set to begin November 12 in Vancouver, Canada.