When Betsy Wolfe departs the Broadway production of Waitress on January 9, it will be one of the show’s creators who (once again) replaces her. Sara Bareilles will be serving-up seconds when she returns to the role as Jenna in the musical, reprising her stint from earlier this year. Bareilles also composed the music and lyrics for the Broadway production, earning Tony and Grammy nominations for her work.
Sara Bareilles is a popular American singer-songwriter who is known for such songs as “Brave,” “Love Song,” “I Choose You,” “Gravity” and “When He Sees Me” among many other popular hits. She has been nominated for six Grammy Awards including “Best Female Pop Vocalist” and “Song of the Year.”
For a short-portion of her run, Bareilles will be reunited with her friend Jason Mraz with whom she has collaborated on several projects. Mraz, who is currently playing the role of Dr. Pomatter in the Broadway production, was also a part of Bareilles’s concept album for the show. He remains with the production until January 28.
Waitress opened at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016 and it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical. The current cast features Betsy Wolfe as Jenna, Will Swenson as Earl, Christopher Fitzgerald as Ogie, respectively, Eric Anderson as Cal, Maia Nkenge Wilson as Becky, Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn, and John Cullum as Joe.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.