Wendy Mae Brown and David Hunter join the U.K. and Ireland tour of the Broadway musical Waitress, which began performances in September 2021 at the New Wimbledon Theatre, March 30.
Brown (The Book of Dust; Kiss Me, Kate) steps into the part of Becky, and Hunter (Kinky Boots, Tommy) reprises his role as Dr. Pomatter, having originated the part in the West End production at the Adelphi. He will appear in Llandudno March 30–April 2 and then return to the touring production beginning May 30. (During the interim, Matt Willis will play Dr. Pomatter.)
The two actors join Chelsea Halfpenny, seen on TV in Emmerdale and in the West End production of 9 to 5 The Musical, as Jenna, Evelyn Hoskins as Dawn, George Crawford as Ogie, Michael Starke as Joe, Tamlyn Henderson as Earl, and Christopher D. Hunt as Cal.
The ensemble includes Monique Ashe-Palmer, Amelia Atherton, Donal Brennan, Aimée Fisher, Scarlet Gabriel, Nathanael Landskroner, Charlie Martin, Liam McHugh, Olivia Mitchell, Ben Morris, and Brian Roland.
Based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by Grammy winner Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction by Tony winner Diane Paulus.
The original Broadway production opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre April 24, 2016. The production played 33 previews and 1,544 regular performances before closing January 5, 2020, earning four Tony nominations, including Best Original Score and Best Musical. Waitress celebrated its London opening at the Adelphi Theatre in March 2019.
A limited Broadway engagement, originally starring composer Bareilles, played the Ethel Barrymore Theatre last fall.
The U.K. tour is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and David Ian Productions. Click here for the current itinerary.