The hit Broadway production of Waitress continues to make exciting casting choices, and the latest addition to the cast at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre continues with that tradition. When Erich Bergen departs the production on July 21, 2019, Mark Evans of The Play That Goes Wrong will succeed him in the role of Dr. Pomatter. Evans will join the show on July 23rd.
Mark Evans has also appeared in Off-Broadway productions such as I Married An Angel, Me And My Girl (Encores!), and Finian’s Rainbow (Irish Rep). Regionally, his work includes The Book of Mormon (1st Nat), Mary Poppins, The Fix, Aida, and Singing In the Rain. In London’s West End he has appeared in Ghost, Wicked, Oklahoma, Spamalot, and Rocky Horror. TV and Film audiences will recognize him from Instinct, The Tower of Silence, Lake Placid 3, and Dead Hungry.
The current Broadway cast of Waitress includes Shoshana Bean, Charity Angel Dawson, Caitlin Houlahan, Erich Bergen, Ben Thompson, Larry Marshall, Benny Elledge, Noah Galvin, Melody A. Betts, Tyrone Davis Jr., Andrew Fitch, Molly Hager, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Arica Jackson, Molly Jobe, Brandon Kalm, Matt Kumangai, Tess Murphy, Everleigh Rotunno, Stephanie Torns, and Dan Tracy.
Waitress hold the distinction of having four women take the lead on the show’s creation and staging. The musical is written by Jessie Nelson (book) and Sara Bareilles, with direction by Diane Paulus and choreography by Lorin Latarro. Waitress draws its inspiration from 2007 film of the same name with a screenplay by Adrienne Shelly.
“Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.