Shoshana Bean has found a happy home in the diner at Waitress. The actress, who has already extended once in the role of Jenna, will now continue in the part through July 7th. Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Bonnie and Clyde), who is currently playing Dr. Pomatter in the hit musical, will play his final performance on June 2. Actor Noah Galvin (Dear Evan Hansen, Alice By Heart) recently joined the show in the role of Ogie.
Making her Broadway debut in the ensemble of the musical Hairspray, Bean’s career took-off in gravity-defying fashion when she succeeded Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked. 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.
“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 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, Matt Kumangai, Tess Murphy, Everleigh Rotunno, Stephanie Torns, and Dan Tracy.
Waitress was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Under the direction of Diane Paulus, and with choreography by Lorin Latarro, the show opened at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016. The musical features a book by Jessie Nelson and a score by Grammy-nominated performer Sara Bareilles.
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.