The UK and Ireland tour of Waitress continues, though the remarkable Lucie Jones won’t be coming to Bradford Alhambra as she takes on a new (and yet to be announced) project. Taking her place in the leading role of Jenna will be Chelsea Halfpenny.
The majority of the cast will stay the same; Sandra Marvin as Becky, Evelyn Hoskins as Dawn and Matt Willis as Dr Pomatter. I saw them when the show came to Leeds and the cast were sublime!
Chelsea Halfpenny had a role in Byker Grove before appearing as Amy Wyatt in Emmerdale and Alice Munroe in Casualty, settling into her career as a West End stage star fairly recently. She’ll be playing opposite the unforgettable Matt Willis who has not only had an amazing music career but also a stage show career too. He was adorable as Dr Pomatter when I saw Waitress so I’m sure he’ll blow audiences away in Bradford too.
Producers Barry & Fran Weissler and David Ian have certainly created an unforgettable show. Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. Will a baking contest, the town’s new doctor or a new pie in the oven help her find her recipe to happiness?
The show is based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelly with music and lyrics written by the sensational Sara Bareilles. The book is written by Jessie Nelson, directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Lorin Latarro. The all-star female team have received multiple awards and nominations for the show. It’s been a worldwide sensation with particular success on Broadway and the West End.