Pop 80s/90s icon Joey McIntyre, whose rise to stardom came with his membership in the band New Kids on the Block, will be joining the Broadway production of Waitress in the role of Dr. Pomatter. McIntyre will feel at home on the Broadway stage, having appeared as Fiyero in Wicked a few years back. He will enter Waitress February 5 and continue at the diner through April 7, 2019.
Producer Barry Weissler said, “We love Joey as a New Kid on the Block and know that he has ‘The Right Stuff’ to be a brilliant Dr. Pomatter.”
McIntyre grew up four blocks away from the oldest community theatre in America, The Footlight Club in Boston, MA, where at 8 years old, he made his debut as Winthrop in The Music Man. When he was 12, his community theatre career was held up by an audition for New Kids on the Block – the original Boy Band. A very long story short, the band went on to sell over 80 million records and have sold out arenas around the world. As an actor, Joey has been seen on TV and film including Matt in the film version of The Fantasticks, and Paul Fieg’s The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Additional theatre credits include Off-Broadway’s Tick, Tick, Boom, Pseudolus in Forum at the Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank and the Emcee in Cabaret. Joey just finished playing “Johnny” in the Broadway workshop of The Wanderer about the life and music of Dion DiMucci.
Prior to McIntyre ’s announced tenure with the production came the news that Sara Bareilles and Tony Award winner Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!) will star in the show as Jenna and Dr. Pomatter, respectively, from January 7 to February 3, to kick-off the show’s third year on Broadway. Bareilles wrote the Tony-nominated score for the musical. Waitress was also nominated for Best Musical. Opening on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in April of 2016, Waitress is directed by Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) and choreographed by Lorin Latarro. The musical has a book by Jessie Nelson, adapted from 2007 screenplay by Adrienne Shelly.
“Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of a loveless marriage with her husband Earl. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This new American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.”
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.