Jeremy Jordan joins the cast of Broadway's Waitress beginning April 8, starring alongside fellow Broadway veteran Shoshana Bean (who began her run March 18). Before his first bow at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the two spoke with Playbill about sharing the stage and bringing their own voices to the Sara Bareilles musical. See what they had to say—after some wardrobe-related antics—in the video above.
"I tend to hide away in characters. I tend to leave myself at the door. But this character is very similar to me in a lot of ways—except for, you know, the cheating on his wife thing," Tony nominee Jordan says of his latest role, the new-to-town Dr. Pomatter. "It's very close to my natural state. I have never brought that onto the stage before, so it's a little bit scary to give in to self."
Both Jordan and Bean are known for their signature vocal stylings; some riffs and runs are typically in the mix. But as they sing Bareilles' score, the challenge is to marry their own sound with the truthfulness of the music. "There was this big joke when I got the role: Sugar Butter Runs," Bean, last seen on Broadwy in Wicked, says, causing Jordan to chuckle. "To me, the score doesn't call for that; it doesn't warrant it. There are times in 'She Used to Be Mine' where I'm overwhelmed with the music and things come out of me...but there is a level of control that I've had to exert, because that song moves me.
Jordan, who replaces Joey McIntyre, appeared on Broadway earlier this season in American Son and will soon reprise his performance alongside Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of the play. His additional stage credits include a Tony-nominated turn in Newsies, as well as Broadway's Bonnie and Clyde, Rock of Ages, and West Side Story. On screen, he's known for his performances in Supergirl, Smash, and the film adaptation of The Last Five Years.
Bean and Jordan will play a limited engagement through May 12. The current cast of Waitress also includes Eddie Jemison as Oagie, Lenne Klingaman as Dawn, Charity Angél Dawson as Becky, Benny Elledge as Cal, Larry Marshall as Joe, and Ben Thompson as Earl.