Imelda Staunton won't be back where she belongs - the theatre, that is - quite when we expected. HELLO, DOLLY! is the latest West End postponement in the face of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
There are some theatre productions, both big and small, that aren’t going to make it through the current shutdown and we’re sad to report that when London Theatreland gets back to some kind of normal Waitress will be missing.
It only takes a moment to check out the latest casting for the new West End production of Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly at the Adelphi Theatre, opening in August 2020. So welcome Clare Halse, Tyrone Huntley and Harry Hepple who join the previously announced players Imelda Staunton, Andy Nyman and Jenna Russell.
A Doctor and a Queen, namely Waitress’ Gavin Creel and Six The Musical’s Alexia McIntosh, were on hand today to announce the 2020 Olivier Awards nominations, just a month before the ceremony takes place on 5 April at the Royal Albert Hall. So now the celebrations have begun, particularly in the & Juliet, Fiddler On The Roof, Dear Evan Hansen and Mary Poppins camps, all of which have received plenty of love from the nominating panel. So who are you hoping leaves with the big prizes on the day?
Acclaimed for his performance in Fiddler on the Roof, Andy Nyman is the latest member of the West End Hello, Dolly cast to be announced. He will star alongside Imelda Staunton in the title role and Jenna Russell as Irene Molloy in the show at the Adelphi Theatre, opening on 11 August 2020.
Talk about a date to mark in your new year diary! KINKY BOOTS is strutting back into our hearts in just over a month, with its original West End stars, Olivier Awards winner Matt Henry and Olivier Awards nominee Killian Donnelly, reprising their roles on the big screen as More2Screen broadcasts the multi-award-winning musical to 650+ cinemas on 4 and 9 February 2020.
Evelyn Hoskins will be welcomed to the Waitress the musical diner, playing the role of Dawn, as we head into the New Year, while it’s also announced that original London cast member Marisha Wallace is going to be back as Becky in the West End production.
Best known for his performances in Falsettos, School of Rock and Funny Girl, actor Joel Montague will take over the role of Ogie from Joe Sugg in the London production of Waitress, beginning on 2 December 2019.
How often does the writer of a show perform the lead role in their own musical and make their West End debut at the same time? Well, that is exactly what Sara Bareilles is going to do when she plays Jenna in the London production of Waitress for six weeks from 27 January to 7 March 2020. And just look who is going to perform opposite her as Dr Pomatter, it’s only Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Gavin Creel.
Best known recently for her role in ITV’s Emmerdale, actress Sandra Marvin is the latest addition to the cast of West End musical Waitress, taking over as waitress Becky from original cast member Marisha Wallace. Her first performance at the Adelphi Theatre diner is on 17 October 2019.
With credits already including the UK and international tour of Mamma Mia! and Australian productions of Les Misérables and The Sound of Music, Tamlyn Henderson is not short of credentials when it comes to musical theatre. On 9 September 2019 he joins the West End cast of of Sara Bareilles’ musical Waitress in the role of Earl, taking over from Peter Hannah who has his final performance on 7 September. Let’s hope he likes pie!
Joe Sugg has made his name as a YouTube star, filmmaker, author, vlogger and 2018 Strictly Come Dancing finalist, but now he will be making his stage debut in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre from 9 September 2019, taking over the role of Ogie from Blake Harrison who leaves on 7 September.
Sara Bareilles has often spoken about the amount of music that had to be cut before the final version of Waitress made it to Broadway. Now fans of the show are going to get to hear ‘What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs from Waitress’, a new EP featuring outtakes and demos recorded by Sara Bareilles. Below you can watch Jeremy Jordan singing the song ‘Without A Believer’ from the seven-track recording set for release on Friday 16 August.
It’s been a busy week in the diner for the West End production of Waitress with new cast members Lucie Jones, Ashley Roberts and Blake Harrison joining the cast plus the announcement that the Tony-nominated musical is now booking to 7 December 2019. Are you tempted to try out the menu one more time?
He’s best known as Neil Sutherland in the award-winning E4 show The Inbetweeners, but now Blake Harrison is swapping the small screen for the West End production of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre in what we think is his musical theatre debut, stepping into the role of Ogie on 17 June 2019 after Jack McBrayer plays his final performance.
It’s amazing what a little baking can do: Former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts will be making her West End debut as Dawn in Waitress at London’s Adelphi Theatre for a limited summer season from 17 June 2019, and on the same date we’re pretty excited to hear that Lucie Jones will be cooking up those life-changing pies as Jenna. Sugar, butter, flour and a whole lot more.
Yes, it’s that time of year again and we can’t wait for the free theatre festival West End Live to return to Trafalgar Square on the weekend of 22 and 23 June 2019. Want to know which shows are performing at this year’s event, from old favourites to first-timers? Then read on…
It’s been confirmed that Katharine McPhee will be putting her apron down and bidding farewell to the West End production of Sara Bareilles’ musical Waitress on 15 June 2019. Cue speculation about who will replace her. There are rumours that Lucie Jones is next in line, but we shall have to wait and see!
One of a few big Broadway transfers to have hit the West End in recent months, WAITRESS is the irresistible musical from Sara Bareilles and the all-female creative team behind the original production. The show was a hit across the pond and judging by these reviews, it's going to be a success here too...
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the West End opening of the delicious WAITRESS at the Adelphi Theatre. Perry was there on the Red Carpet – rubbing shoulders with Carrie Hope Fletcher and Cuba Gooding Jr – plus post-show there was a chance to chat to cast members Peter Hannah and Shaun Prendergast. And did we mention Perry squeezed in meeting awesome Waitress composer Sara Bareilles too? It’s amazing what a little baking can do.