Producers of Broadway’s hit musical Waitress announced today that singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, producer and social media star Todrick Hall will join the show later this summer. Hall will enter the production at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on August 20th, 2019 for a limited engagement that will conclude on September 15th. Hall will play the role of “Ogie.” He will join the previously announced Colleen Ballinger.
This will not be Todrick Hall’s first time in a Broadway musical. His Broadway credits include Kinky Boots, Chicago, The Color Purple & Memphis. He has released three Number 1 Albums: Straight Outta Oz Deluxe, Forbidden & his most recent album Haus Party which will tour starting in October. Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race will know him as a recurring judge and choreographer on the popular reality competition show. Additional TV appearances include Queer Eye, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Dear White People, and Dance Moms, among myriad others. Hall has choreographed music videos for Beyoncé, written and starred in the Virgin America safety video, was featured in Taylor Swift’s record-breaking music video “Look What You Made Me Do” and most recently he starred in/co-executive produced her latest video “You Need to Calm Down.”
“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 features a score by Sara Bareilles, book by Jessie Nelson, direction by Diane Paulus, and choreography by Lorin Latarro. The show currently stars Shoshana Bean, Charity Angel Dawson, Caitlin Houlahan, Erich Bergen, 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.
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.