Rockin’ it: US film & TV star Jack McBrayer, best-known for 30 Rock, will play Ogie in the West End production of Waitress

21 Dec
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases

Best known as Kenneth in 30 Rock, US film and television actor Jack McBrayer is crossing the pond to take on the role of Ogie in Waitress at London’s Adelphi Theatre. He will join an already impressive line-up led by Katharine McPhee and also featuring Marisha Wallace, Laura Baldwin, Peter Hannah and David Hunter. Service please

Sara Bareilles’ Waitress will begin preview performances on 8 February 2019 ahead of its official opening night on 7 March at London’s Adelphi Theatre. As previously announced, Katharine McPhee will star as Jenna, having played the role on Broadway earlier this year, alongside Marisha Wallace as Becky, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Peter Hannah as Earl and with David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter. Currently playing its third year on Broadway, Waitress will bring with it an all-female lead creative team – a West End musical first.

The musical also recently announced the first of its “Cast Album Karaoke” nights in London, meaning that theatre lovers who have always dreamt of singing on the West End stage will soon be able to make their dream a reality. The first ever karaoke nights will be held post-show on 19 February and 18 March 2019. For the chance to sing one minute of any song from the show – live on stage and accompanied by the show’s musical director Katharine Woolley – interested audience members just need to sign up in the theatre before the performance.

The musical 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.


Jack McBrayer was Emmy-nominated for his portrayal of Kenneth Parcell on the multi-award winning series 30 Rock for NBC. He is also known for his work on The Jack and Triumph Show for Universal/Adult Swim. He can be seen in Cooties opposite Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson for Lionsgate which premiered at Sundance. McBrayer also starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. His other credits include Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby; The Campaign; The To Do List; and They Came Together.