Producers of the hit Broadway musical Waitress have announced that two of its current stars have extended their stay at the diner. Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan will continue their runs as Jenna and Dr. Pomatter respectively through June 2. This news comes on top of the recent announcement that Noah Galvin will join the production in the role of Ogie.
Shoshana Bean made her Broadway debut in the ensemble of the musical Hairspray, but soon graduated to one of Broadway’s leading ladies when she succeeded Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked. In recent years, Bean appeared as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and as Cee-Cee Bloom in the new musical adaptation of Beaches, for which she earned a Jeff Award Nomination for best lead actress in a musical. Her latest album Spectrum holds the distinction of landing at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts.
Jeremy Jordan is a Tony Award nominee for his role in as Jack Kelly in Newsies and he originated one-half of the title duo in the Broadway production of Bonnie & Clyde. Jordan recently completed a run opposite Kerry Washington in the Broadway play, American Son. On film, he is known for starring in The Last 5 Years opposite Anna Kendrick, and in Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. Other Broadway credits include West Side Story and Rock of Ages.
“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 opened at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016 under the direction of Diane Paulus. The show features a score by Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson, and is adapted from the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly. Lorin Latarro provides the show’s choreography.
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.