Sara Bareilles Returns to Broadway in Her Musical Waitress, Now Opposite Jason Mraz

Broadway News   Sara Bareilles Returns to Broadway in Her Musical Waitress, Now Opposite Jason Mraz
 
The Tony- and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter steps back into the leading role of Jenna, replacing Betsy Wolfe.
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Sara Bareilles Jeremy Daniel

Sara Bareilles, who made her Broadway stage debut last year in Waitress, returns to the musical January 16. The singer-songwriter, who earned Tony and Grammy nominations for her score for the show, dons an apron once more to take center stage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre as Jenna.

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Betsy Wolfe took her final bow as the small-town baker with big dreams January 9. Bareilles will plays a limited engagement through February 25.

Bareilles shares the stage for the first part of her run with friend and collaborator Jason Mraz; the Grammy winner stepped into the show as Dr. Pomatter November 3. While he was initially slated to appear in the musical through January 14 only, he will now star opposite Bareilles for the first two weeks of her run through February 11. Original cast member Drew Gehling will return as Pomatter beginning February 13.

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When speaking to Playbill prior to her first stint in the Diane Paulus-helmed production, Bareilles said, “As a songwriter and an artist, I’m performing these songs a little bit from the perspective of ‘Let me share with you what I’ve already figured out.’ This is just a slightly different perspective where you’re alongside your audience, and you can’t get ahead of the thought. That’s been a shift for me—and actually—a really welcomed one.”
The current cast also features Tony nominees Will Swenson and Christopher Fitzgerald as Earl and Ogie, respectively, Eric Anderson as Cal, Maia Nkenge Wilson as Becky, Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn, and Dakin Matthews, who fills in temporarily for Tony winner John Cullum as Joe.

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