Broadway's Waitress has announced that Caitlin Houlahan will make her Broadway debut when she takes over the role of Dawn beginning October 20. Houlahan replaces Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz, who has played the role since July.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelley's 2007 motion picture, Waitress marks the Broadway debut of Grammy-nominated songwriter Sarah Bareilles, who composed the show's score, and noted screenwriter and director Jessie Nelson, who penned the book. It opened April 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
The current company is headed by Tony winner Jessie Mueller, alongside Eric Anderson (Cal), William Popp (Earl), Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Ogie), Drew Gehling (Dr. Pomatter), Dakin Matthews (Joe), Tony nominee Keala Settle (Becky), Charity Angél Dawson, Cate Elefante, Thay Floyd, Henry Gottfried, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Molly Jobe, Max Kumangai, Ella Dane Morgan, Jeremy Morse, Olivia Phillip, Stephanie Torns, and Ryan Vasquez.
Waitress premiered in 2015 at American Repertory Theater in Boston. The musical 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).