American Idol winner and talk-show host Clarkson subsequently chatted virtually with Ciara Renée, the final actor to play pie-maker Jenna in the recent Broadway production of Waitress. Watch Clarkson's performance and the brief chat above.
Waitress returned to Broadway in September for a limited engagement that had been scheduled to run through January 9 before closing early due to breakout cases of COVID-19 detected within the company and crew. Bareilles, who penned the score for the musical, played Jenna through October 17. Grammy winner Jennifer Nettles took over as Jenna October 19. Renée began her run as Jenna November 25.
The original Broadway production opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre April 24, 2016, making history as the first Broadway musical to have women in the four top creative spots: composer-lyricist Bareilles, book writer Jessie Nelson, director Diane Paulus, and choreographer Lorin Latarro. The production played 33 previews and 1,544 regular performances before closing January 5, 2020, earning four Tony nominations including Best Original Score and Best Musical.