On the 2019 menu: Broadway's Katharine McPhee makes her West End debut in Waitress

22 Nov
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases

Known to many for her breakout performance in NBC’s Smash, Katharine McPhee will return to the role of expert pie maker Jenna which she played on Broadway earlier this year. With preview performances beginning at the Adelphi Theatre on 8 February 2019, there’s not long to go before Sara Bareilles’ Waitress is open for business. Are you excited?

Since finding international fame as a singer on American Idol – Season 5, Katharine McPhee has become a successful recording artist, landing numerous songs and albums on Billboard’s pop, jazz, holiday and adult-contemporary charts in her native US. As an actress, she was the breakout star of the 2013 NBC-TV musical series Smash. She recently starred in the hit CBS dramatic series Scorpion.

The Tony Award-nominated musical Waitress will begin preview performances on 8 February 2019 ahead of its official opening night on 7 March at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Currently playing its third year on Broadway, Waitress will bring with it an all-female lead creative team – a West End musical first.

Waitress opened on 24 April 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theater. Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, it was the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. The production is currently touring the US and has also recently announced it will have its Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.