“Wicked,” “Gotham” alum will lead WAITRESS THE MUSICAL tour, coming to North Texas in 2018!



Full casting has been announced for the upcoming national touring production of WAITRESS, the new Broadway musical from Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles. Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s 2007 motion picture of the same name, the show will be presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park March 28–April 8, 2018. The production will then head to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall June 19-24, 2018, as part of Performing Arts Fort Worth’s Broadway at the Bass series.

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Desi Oakley will star as Jenna in the national tour of WAITRESS, coming to Bass Hall next summer.

The WAITRESS cast will be led by Desi Oakley as Jenna. Oakley’s Broadway and tour credits include turns in Les Miserables, Evita, Wicked and Annie; she also guest-starred on the hit show Gotham.

Also starring in WAITRESS will be Lenne Klingaman as Dawn and Bryan Fenkhart (Memphis) as Dr. Pomatter. This will be Fenkhart’s second trip to Bass Hall; he starred as Huey in Memphis here in 2013. Nick Bailey (“Red Oaks”) will play Earl and Ryan G. Dunkin (“Bull”) will play Cal.

They will be joined by current Broadway cast members Charity Angél Dawson (Waitress, Side Show) as Becky, Larry Marshall (Waitress, Smokey Joe’s Café) as Old Joe and Jeremy Morse (Waitress) as Ogie.

The ensemble includes Skyler Adams, Law Terrell Dunford, Patrick Dunn, James Hogan, David Hughey, Arica Jackson, Kyra Kennedy, Emily Koch, Maiesha McQueen, Gerianne Perez, Grace Stockdale.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting for Godot) and direction by Tony Award®-winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.  WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire.  Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

Tickets are currently available as part of Broadway at the Bass season packages. For more information, click here.

Single tickets will go on sale later this year.

For more information about the tour, please click here. 


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