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Sara Bareilles to reunite with Broadway partner Gavin Creel in the W/E production of Waitress

Sara Bareilles

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FROM January 27 to March 7, 2020, international bestselling artist Sara Bareilles will be making her West End debut in Waitress. Bareilles, who wrote the show’s music and lyrics, will perform the lead role of Jenna.

She will also be reuniting with Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Gavin Creel (as Dr Pomatter) following their hugely acclaimed reception in the Broadway production.

Sara Bareilles (pictured top) first achieved mainstream critical praise in 2007 with her widely successful hit Love Song, which reached No. 1 in 22 countries around the world from her debut album Little Voice. Since then, she has received seven Grammy® nominations, two Tony nominations and three Emmy nominations. Her book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, was released in Autumn 2015 by Simon & Schuster and is a New York Times bestseller.

Making her Broadway debut, Bareilles composed the music and lyrics for Waitress, and made her Broadway acting debut in 2017 by stepping into the show’s lead role. Recently, she teamed up with Apple as an executive producer for Little Voice, a 10-episode series for which she will create the original music.

On April 5, 2019, Bareilles released her fifth full-length and first album of original material since 2013, entitled Amidst The Chaos, to rave reviews. For this latest body of work, she joined forces in the studio with legendary Academy® Award-winning producer T Bone Burnett. As a result, the album spotlights her voice as a singer and storyteller like never before, while making an enduring statement. She is currently on her Amidst The Chaos North American tour.

Gavin Creel (pictured below) received a Tony Award for his performance as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. He made his Broadway debut originating the role of Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he received his first Tony Award nomination. He has since created such memorable performances on Broadway as Claude in Hair, which earned him a second Tony Award nomination, Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles, and Stephen Kodaly in the Roundabout Theater Company’s production of She Loves Me, which was filmed live and is available on BroadwayHD.

Gavin Creel

No stranger to London audiences, Creel most notably originated the role of Elder Price in the West End production of The Book of Mormon, for which he received the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also starred as Bert in Disney’s Mary Poppins and reprised his performance as Claude in Hair.

As well as starring opposite Sara Bareilles in the Broadway production of Waitress, his other stage credits include The Book of Mormon (on Broadway and originating the First National Tour), and the world premieres of Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce (at The Goodman Theatre and The Kennedy Center) and Prometheus Bound at A.R.T.

On television, Creel co-starred alongside Julie Andrews in ABC’s Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime. He has released three original albums – GoodTimeNation, Quiet (which landed on Billboard’s Top Heat Seekers) and Get Out – and his single Noise raised money and awareness for marriage equality.

Lucie Jones and David Hunter will return to the roles of Jenna and Dr Pomatter on March 9, 2020.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams her way out of a loveless marriage. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

Waitress is currently booking at the Adelphi Theatre until March 28, 2020.