The parade of talent making its way through the diner in the Broadway musical Waitress continues. Producers of the hit show have announced that Alison Luff will be the next actress to take on the musical’s central role of Jenna. Luff, who enters the production on July 23, will succeed the current Jenna of Shoshana Bean who will play her final performance in the show at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on July 21.
Theatre fans will know Alison Luff from her stint in the musical comedy Escape to Margaritaville. She has also appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables, Matilda, Ghost, Scandalous, and Mamma Mia. Luff was also a member of the 1st National Tour of Wicked. TV audiences may have caught her appearance in FBI on CBS. She is also one half of the singer/songwriter duo The Bones.
“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.”
Waitress currently stars 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.
The Broadway production opened on April 24, 2016 under the direction of Diane Paulus. Waitress has a book by Jessie Nelson (Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly), a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, and choreography by Lorin Latarro.
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.