Sara Bareilles, who wrote the music and lyrics for the hit musical Waitress, will be making her West End debut next year in the show, reuniting with Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Gavin Creel following their acclaimed reception in the Broadway production. Bareilles will perform in the lead role of Jenna with Gavin Creel as Dr Pomatter from 27 January to 7 March 2020 for a strictly limited six-week run.
Lucie Jones and David Hunter will return to the roles of Jenna and Dr Pomatter on 9 March. Waitress celebrated its official opening night at London’s Adelphi Theatre on 7 March 2019 and the Tony-nominated musical is now booking until 28 March 2020.
Brought to life by a ground-breaking, female-led creative team, Waitress features an original score by seven-time Grammy nominee Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson, direction by Diane Paulus and choreography by Lorin Latarro. The production is also currently touring the US and Canada and has announced an Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre with further productions to open in Holland next year and Japan in 2021.
On its Broadway opening, Waitress was nominated for four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Drama League Award Nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.
Sara Bareilles first achieved mainstream critical praise in 2007 with her widely successful hit ‘Love Song’, which reached No. 1 in 22 countries around the world from her debut album Little Voice. Since then, Bareilles has gone on to receive seven Grammy nominations, two Tony nominations and three Emmy nominations. Making her Broadway debut, she composed the music and lyrics for Waitress, and made her Broadway acting debut in 2017 by stepping into the shows lead role. Recently, Bareilles teamed up with Apple as an executive producer for Little Voice, a 10-episode series, which she will create the original music for. In April 2019 she released her fifth full-length and first album of original material since 2013, entitled Amidst The Chaos, to rave reviews.
Gavin Creel received a Tony Award for his performance as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. He made his Broadway debut originating the role of Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he received his first Tony Award nomination. He has since created such memorable performances on Broadway as Claude in Hair, Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles, and Stephen Kodaly in the Roundabout Theater Company’s production of She Loves Me. No stranger to London audiences, Creel most notably originated the role of Elder Price in the West End production of The Book of Mormon, for which he received the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also starred as Bert in Disney’s Mary Poppins and reprised his performance as Claude in Hair. As well as starring opposite Sara Bareilles in the Broadway production of Waitress, his other stage credits include The Book of Mormon (on Broadway and originating the First National Tour), and the world premieres of Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce (at The Goodman Theatre and The Kennedy Center) and Prometheus Bound at A.R.T.