Bareilles Returns to Waitress with Creel In Tow
As the Broadway musical Waitress enters its third-year on the Great White Way, producers have a bit of exciting news to go with the anniversary. Sara Bareilles, the singer-songwriter who wrote the musical’s Tony-nominated score, will make her return to Broadway in the role of Jenna, a role she has tackled before. For the limited engagement that lasts from January 7 to February 3, 2019, the multi-platinum-selling Grammy and twice Tony-nominated singer-songwriter will be joined by Tony-winner Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!) in the role of Dr. Pomatter.
“It’s Waitress’s THIRD anniversary on Broadway!!! To celebrate, I’m putting on the apron once again alongside one of my besties!!” shared Bareilles. ”We are launching this celebratory anniversary year with a limited engagement return to the diner with one of my dearest friends, Tony winner Gavin Creel as Dr. Pomatter!!! We have THREE productions of Waitress running (Welcome London!!) and this is my THIRD time in my beloved Jenna’s shoes. I can’t think of anything I would rather do to kick off this incredible milestone year than return to my favorite place on earth next to the one and only Gavin Creel. Come see us and celebrate Waitress turning 3!!”
For Sara Bareilles, 2018 has been a year full of acclaim and excitement. She co-hosted the Tony Awards, was nominated for an Emmy for her role in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, and was awarded with the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hal David Starlight Award. This success should hardly be something new for the talented Bareilles, who first achieved critical praise in 2007 with the hit “Love Song”. She has received six Grammy nominations throughout her career. Her book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, was released in the fall of 2015 by Simon & Schuster and is a New York Times best seller.
Gavin Creel won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of the adventure-seeking and love-struck chief clerk of Vandergelder Hay and Feed, Cornelius Hackl in the recent revival of Hello, Dolly!with Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. On Broadway, Creels’ credits include Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Broadway debut, Tony nomination), Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles, Claude in Hair (Tony nomination), Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, and Stephen Kodaly in She Loves Me. On the West End, credits include Elder Price in The Book of Mormon (2014 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical), “Bert” in Disney's Mary Poppins, and Hair. He has also appeared on television in has appeared on TV in ABC’s Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime opposite Julie Andrews
Waitress, which opened at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016, “tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This new American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.”
With a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus, Waitressis currently enjoying a US National Tour and will received a West End production starring Katharine McPhee this spring.