Sara Bareilles' Waitress Begins Engagement in Charlotte April 19; Stephanie Torns Stars | Playbill

National Tour News Sara Bareilles' Waitress Begins Engagement in Charlotte April 19; Stephanie Torns Stars

The Tony-nominated musical is based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelly.

Stephanie Torns in Waitress Pamela Hanson

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.

Waitress is playing the North Carolina venue through May 22 in the 442-seat Booth Playhouse. Performances at Playhouse Square's 550-seat Hanna Theatre in Cleveland are scheduled for May 26-June 26. 

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. 

The ensemble includes Lianah Sta. Ana, Julia Bain, Ethan Carlson, Galyana Castillo, Andrew Fitch, Max Kumangai, Bailey McCall, Gerianne Perez, Brad Standley, Chris Stevens, and Curtis Thomas.

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.

 READ: Cast of Waitress Non-Equity National Tour Moves Towards Unionizing

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. 

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