Sara Bareilles' Tony-nominated Waitress, which ended its return Broadway engagement in December 2021, plays standalone dates in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cleveland, Ohio, beginning April 19 at Charlotte's Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
Stephanie Torns stars as Jenna. Torns understudied the role during its premiere at the American Repertory Theater as well as on Broadway. She also played supporting and ensemble roles throughout the original Broadway run and the show's return engagement.
The cast also features Olivia Phillip as Becky, Kendyl Ito as Dawn, Bryan Fenkart as Dr. Pomatter, Timothy John Smith as Cal, Larry Marshall as Joe, Matt DeAngelis as Earl, and Daniel Quadrino as Ogie.
Waitress also has sets by Tony winner Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting by Ken Billington, sound by Tony nominee Jonathan Deans, and music supervision by Nadia DiGiallonardo. Casting is by The Telsey Office.
The two engagements are a separate production from the current non-Equity national tour, which resumed in October 2021.
Based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress was 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 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 was produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.