Caitlin Houlahan makes her Broadway debut October 20, taking over the role of Dawn in the musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
She replaces Jenna Ushkowitz in the role created by Kimiko Glenn, who left the show in July.
Houlahan made her television debut in NBC’s Peter Pan Live! as Jane, grown-up Wendy’s daughter. Houlahan comes to Waitress from the first national tour of Bridges of Madison County, in which she played Carolyn.
She was previously seen in New York as Iola Stover in the Manhattan Concert Productions presentation of Parade at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, also conducted by Brown. Houlahan’s regional credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive) at Bucks County Playhouse, Theory of Relativity (Julie) at Goodspeed, and the title role in Carrie at the Beck Center, for which she earned a Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She has a Bachelors of Music in Music Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and is scheduled to be seen in the final season of HBO’s Girls.
Houlahan joins an ensemble cast featuring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller as Jenna, with Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (as Dawn's love interest, Ogie), Drama Desk nominee Eric Anderson (Cal), William Popp (Earl), Drew Gehling (Dr. Pomatter), Dakin Matthews (Joe), Tony nominee Keala Settle (Becky), and others.
Waitress tells the story of “Jenna (Mueller), an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses (including Dawn) offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This new American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie.”
Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster.com at (877) 250-2929 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
(Updated October 20, 2016)