Shaun Prendergast joins the company as Old Joe opposite Katharine McPhee as Jenna and 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer completing the full cast.
The full cast has been announced for the West End premiere of Sara Bareilles’ Waitress. As previously announced, US star Katharine McPhee (Smash) will reprise the role of Jenna having played her on Broadway in 2018 and will appear alongside Emmy-nominated film and TV actor Jack McBrayer, who is best known for playing Kenneth in the multi-award winning US comedy series 30 Rock and will be making his West End debut in the role of Ogie. Now also featuring Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.
Shaun’s stage career began as a founder member of Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Theatre Company in which he appeared as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing (directed by Judi Dench at the Phoenix Theatre), has had many notable roles across film, television, theatre and radio. He is well known to television audiences for roles such as DS Holt in EastEnders, Robert Bain in Waterloo Road and Greg Doland in Emmerdale.
The final Waitress cast also includes Marisha Wallace (Dreamgirls) as Becky, Laura Baldwin (Eugenius!) as Dawn, Peter Hannah (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart) as Earl, with David Hunter (Kinky Boots) as Dr. Pomatter.
The full company includes Kelly Agbowu, Laura Baldwin, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, David Hunter, Stephen Leask, Jack McBrayer, Chris McGuigan, Katharine McPhee, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Shaun Prendergast, Charlotte Riby and Marisha Wallace. Rehearsals are now underway ahead of performances beginning on 8 February and an official opening night on 7 March. Waitress will bring with it an all-female lead creative team – a West End musical first.
Waitress also recently announced the first of its “Cast Album Karaoke” nights in London, meaning that theatre lovers who have always dreamt of singing on the West End stage will soon be able to make their dream a reality. The first ever karaoke nights will be held post-show on Tuesday 19 February and Monday 18 March 2019. For the chance to sing one minute of any song from the show – live on stage and accompanied by the show’s musical director Katharine Woolley – interested audience members just need to sign up in the theatre before the performance.