Katharine McPhee, who played a Broadway hopeful turned star in the NBC series Smash, at last gets her chance at the real Great White Way. The actor and recording artist makes her Broadway debut as Jenna in Waitress beginning April 10.
The American Idol star succeeds ensemble member and Jenna understudy Stephanie Torns, who filled in after Sara Bareilles took her final bow last month. McPhee will play a limited engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre through June 17.
“There are so many themes in the show that I connect to on a really deep, personal level: Being in relationships you’re not meant to be in, the feeling of not wanting to be a mother, wanting to be a mother,” McPhee told Playbill. “It has comedy, and heart, and darkness, and sadness, and hope.”
While Waitress marks McPhee’s Broadway debut, she does have a history with musical theatre. McPhee attended Boston Conservatory for three semesters and starred in an L.A. production of Annie Get Your Gun before auditioning for the fifth season of American Idol, ultimately placing as the runner-up.
McPhee currently stars in the CBS series Scorpion, now in its fourth season.