Two new leading men are arriving at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre! Three-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry will take over the role of Dr. Pomatter in Waitress on Broadway, and current cast member Tyrone Davis, Jr. will take over the role of Ogie on Monday, November 29.
Joshua Henry and Tyrone Davis, Jr. will join the previously announced Ciara Renée, who begins her run as Jenna on Thursday, November 25. The pair will replace Erich Bergen, who has extended his run as Dr. Pomatter through November 24, and Nik Dodani.
Joshua Henry can currently be seen starring opposite Jason Momoa in See Season 1 for Apple TV. Most recently, Joshua appeared Off-Broadway in The Wrong Man at MCC Theatre. Prior to his critically acclaimed performance in The Wrong Man, Joshua starred on Broadway as the iconic Billy Bigelow in the revival of Carousel for which he received Tony and Grammy nominations. Before headlining in Carousel, Joshua starred as Aaron Burr in Hamilton in Los Angeles. Joshua has also starred on Broadway as Noble Sissle in George C. Wolfe’s Tony-nominated musical Shuffle Along. Joshua was Tony-nominated for his star turn as Flick in the musical Violet. He received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Award nominations for his show-stopping performance. He was previously nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in Susan Stroman’s The Scottsboro Boys. He will appear in the upcoming tick tick… BOOM! film adaptation. He recently released his debut EP called Guarantee available on all music platforms.
Tyrone Davis, Jr. steps into the role of Ogie after performing as an ensemble member and understudy in production since 2017. Before the shutdown, Tyrone was last seen in the Off-Broadway revival of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, helmed by Kathleen Marshall and starring Beth Malone. Tyrone originated the role of Ronny Lule in the 2015 Off-Broadway production of Invisible Thread (Witness Uganda) at 2nd Stage. He also toured the country in the first national tour of Shrek The Musical, directed by Jason Moore. His regional theatre credits include The Old Globe, The American Repertory Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Stage Company, Crossroads Theater Company, and The Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard. Screen credits include Apple TV+’s Little America and Live with Kelly and Ryan on ABC. Tyrone is a native of Miami, Florida where he attended New World School of the Arts. He is proudly on the Board of Directors of the Denver-based non-profit organization, The Wayfaring Band, which offers travel and adventure opportunities for adults who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Grammy Winner and Tony and Emmy Award-nominated Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.
Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna fights to reclaim a long-forgotten part of herself. Through the support of her fellow waitresses and an unexpected romance, Jenna begins to find the courage to take a long-abandoned dream off the shelf. Waitress celebrates the power of friendship, dreams, the family we choose, and the beauty of a well-baked pie.
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