Erich Bergen, who made his Broadway debut last year in the Broadway musical Waitress, will return to the hit show as Dr. Pomatter on June 4. Bergen succeeds Jeremy Jordan who will play his final performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on June 2, 2019.
Erich Bergen will be best-known to TV audiences for his six seasons on the CBS political drama Madam Secretary, which will begin its 6th and finals season this fall. He played Bob Gaudio in the film version of Jersey Boys, reprising the role after touring in it.
Waitress currently stars Shoshana Bean, Charity Angel Dawson, Caitlin Houlahan, Jeremy Jordan, 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, Emily Koch, Matt Kumangai, Tess Murphy, Everleigh Rotunno, Stephanie Torns, and Dan Tracy.
With a book by Jessie Nelson and a score by Sara Bareilles, Waitress is adapted from the 2007 motion picture of the same name written by Adrienne Shelly. Diane Paulus directed the show, with choreography by Lorin Latarro. It 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.