Nick Cordero, Molly Hager, and More Join Cast of Broadway's Waitress
Full casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway premiere of Waitress, a new musical from Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles inspired by Adrienne Shelley's 2007 motion picture.
Tony nominee Nick Cordero (A Bronx Tale) will take on the role of Earl, the husband of main character Jenna, played by Tony winner Jessie Mueller. Newly revealed for the ensemble are Thay Floyd (A Christmas Story), Molly Hager (Heathers the Musical), Aisha Jackson (Beautiful — The Carole King Musical), Ragan Pharris, and Ryan Vasquez (Wicked).
They join a company that also includes Eric Anderson (The Last Ship) as Cal, Christopher Fitzgerald (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) as Ogie, Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys) as Dr. Pomatter, Kimiko Glenn (Orange Is the New Black) as Dawn, Dakin Matthews (Rocky) as Joe, and Keala Settle (Les Misérables) as Becky. Charity Angél Dawson, Jeremy Morse, and Stephanie Torns are also in the ensemble.
Mueller heads the cast as Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition.
Waitress features a score by Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. The production is directed by Diane Paulus, choreographed by Lorin Latarro, and designed by Scott Pask (sets), Suttirat Larlarb (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting), and Jonathan Deans (sound). The production originated at American Repertory Theater in Boston.
The musical begins previews Friday, March 25 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with opening night set for April 24.