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Al Roker to Make Broadway Debut in Waitress

Roker will play a limited run this fall in Sara Bareilles's Broadway musical.

Al Roker will make his Broadway debut in Waitress.
(© David Gordon)

Al Roker, the beloved weather anchor of NBC's Today Show, will make his Broadway debut as Joe in Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, October 5-November 11.

"I'm nervous and excited to be making my Broadway debut in such a Pie-conic show," Roker said. "My character's name is Old Joe, so I've got half of it down already. And there's pie every night!"

Waitress currently stars Nicolette Robinson as Jenna, Benny Elledge (Cal), NaTasha Yvette Williams (Becky), Adam Shapiro (Ogie), Drew Gehling (Dr. Pomatter), Katie Lowes (Dawn), Bill Nolte (Joe), Ben Thompson (Earl), Mariam Bedigan and London Skye Gilliam (Lulu), Tyrone Davis, Jr., Matt DeAngelis, Law Terrell Dunford, Molly Hager, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Anastacia McCleskey, and Stephanie Torns.

Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is 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 Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Diane Paulus.

Roker will play six performances per week, and will not appear during Saturday or Sunday matinees.


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