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Sara Bareilles Welcomes New Jenna Nicolette Robinson to the Cast with Co-Hosted Waitress Karaoke

Cast Album Karaoke,Waitress's hugely popular post-show party, will take place following the 7 Pm show on Thursday August 23 when the show's composer and lyricist Sara Bareilles welcomes Nicolette Robinson at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 West 47 Street. Nicolette will make her Broadway debut as Jenna on September 4. Ms. Bareilles also made her Broadway stage debut in the role of Jenna last year.
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‘Waitress’ Review: A Musical Slice Of Sweet Joy Drizzled With Female Empowerment

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‘Waitress’ Review: A Musical Slice Of Sweet Joy Drizzled With Female Empowerment
In Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson’s stage musical adaptation of the feature film Waitress, there’s a purity and innocence baked into the sweet story which follows, like the title suggests, a small-town waitress who unexpectedly gets pregnant from her abusive husband and escapes reality by baking spectacularly quirky pies and develops a relationship with her so-dorky-that-he’s-charming doctor. But rumbling through this musical’s sun-kissed score is a story about the treatment of women —especially now. Once the musical reconciles the toxic bitterness of that unfortunate and all-too-familiar story of abuse, the sweetness of the musical becomes even sweeter, giving a story of female empowerment, choice, and removing horrible people out of your life and surrounding yourself with a foundation of support so that you can live your best life.

The history behind the Waitress film gives more emotional nuance considering the unfortunate circumstances in which it premiered.
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Sara Bareilles on Making Music with J.J. Abrams, Plus Her ‘Rootsy’ New Album

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Sara Bareilles on Making Music with J.J. Abrams, Plus Her ‘Rootsy’ New Album
“Waitress” isn’t the only pie Sara Bareilles has baking in the oven.

The California native told Variety at the opening night of “Waitress” at the Pantages in Hollywood that bringing the show she composed, wrote the lyrics for, and starred in–twice–felt like coming home.

“La was my home for 15 years. I went to UCLA, so there’s just a real sense of pride and gratitude to be able to come home and share this project that has been the great love of my life for the last five years with what feels like a very hometown place for me,” Bareilles said on the red carpet.

The “Gravity” singer, who played pie-maker Jenna Hunterson in March 2017 and again in January 2018 on Broadway, recalled when she jumped at the chance to play the titular waitress.

“When Jessie Mueller, our incredible original lead, left the show, there was a part
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D.C. Theater Review: ‘Dave,’ The Musical

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D.C. Theater Review: ‘Dave,’ The Musical
This might sound familiar to film buffs: A lying and philandering U.S. president suffers a debilitating stroke and is furtively replaced by a body double, who then foils the plot by honoring duty and country. So goes a new musical remake of the 1993 movie “Dave” by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures that is debuting with Broadway aspirations at D.C.’s Arena Stage. New York does seem a plausible goal for this enjoyably light-hearted show, but its creators might first consider reworking an overtly maudlin finale.

There’s much to admire in the homespun fable about integrity and patriotism, wrapped in an inviting package filled with buffoonery and self-deprecating humor. In an even-keeled production from top-tier creators and talent, any resemblance to actual current White House occupants is strictly fortuitous — that is, if you overlook the Twitter-prone president who can’t spell. Call it a timeless show that couldn’t be timelier.
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You Oughta Know! Diana Degarmo, Derek Klena, Wesley Taylor And More Join Broadway Sings Alanis

You oughta know that Broadway Sings Alanis has just added more stars to its lineup Diana Degarmo Hair, Alysha Deslorieux Hamilton, Derek Klena Anastasia, and Wesley Taylor SpongeBob SquarePants will join the lineup for the next installment of the acclaimed Broadway Sings concert series, Broadway Sings Alanis Morissette. Cast members from Broadway shows including Pretty Woman, Dear Evan Hansen, Once on this Island, and Waitress will sing completely new arrangements of the hits of the pop superstar, accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra playing original orchestrations of her music.
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‘Waitress’ Sets New Broadway Leading Lady + More NYC Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! Order up, Nicolette.Broadway’s enduring hit “Waitress” has set its new leading lady and it bears significance. Nicolette Robinson will make her Broadway debut as the titular pie-maker beginning Sept. 4. Robinson, who replaces current star Katharine McPhee, will remain in the track through Oct.
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NBC’s ‘Hair Live!’ Sets Its Directors & 2019 Premiere Date

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NBC has set Diane Paulus and Alex Rudzinski as the directors for Hair Live!, its live musical production that set for May 19. She won a Tony for helming the show’s 2009 Broadway revival, and he scooped an Emmy nom for directing this year’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

The network also said today that the show will air on Sunday, May 19, playing out before a live audience.

“We have the dream team to bring Hair Live! vividly to life and create another unforgettable night of live television,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. “I was at the electrifying opening night of Diane Paulus’ Tony-winning revival of Hair 10 years ago and was blown away by how relevant and utterly joyous this show became in her hands. She is one of the most successful directors working in the theatre today, and we’re thrilled she will be collaborating with Alex Rudzinski,
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Jackson White To Star With Kelsey Grammer In ‘The Space Between’

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Exclusive: Jackson White has been tapped for the lead role opposite Kelsey Grammer in The Space Between, an music industry coming-of-age pic being directed by Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter. Shooting on the indie feature is now underway in Los Angeles.

The film, set during the mid-1990s L.A. music scene, centers on wannabe record exec Charlie Porter (White) who, struggling to get out of the mail room, is tasked with forcing forgotten rock star Micky Adams (Grammer) out of his contract at his longtime label.

Will Aldis penned the screenplay and Michael Roiff (Waitress), Steven Samuels (Michael Clayton) and Milan Popelka (Arrival) are producing.

White is a relative newcomer who first recurred in ABC’s The Middle and CBSSeal Team this past season. He also scored a series-regular role in HBO’s comedy pilot Mrs. Fletcher based on author Tom Perrotta’s bestselling novel.

He is repped by Progressive Artists Agency.
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Kelsey Grammer To Star In Indie Music Industry Pic ‘The Space Between’

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Kelsey Grammer To Star In Indie Music Industry Pic ‘The Space Between’
Exclusive: Kelsey Grammer is set to star in The Space Between, an indie coming-of-age comedy set in the music industry world. Rachel Winter, the Oscar-nominated producer of Dallas Buyers Club, is directing a script by Will Aldis.

Set in the mid-1990s, the film centers on a young, wannabe A&R guy struggling to get out of the mail room and the older, crazy, forgotten rock ‘n’ roller (Grammer) who holds the key. Filming is set for Los Angeles.

Steven Samuels (Michael Clayton), Milan Popelka (Arrival) and Michael Roiff (Waitress) are producers.

Grammer recently was set to topline Fox’s legal drama series Proven Innocent, which is slated for a midseason bow. On the film side, he stars alongside Kristen Bell and Seth Rogen in Netflix’s Like Father, which hits the streaming service August 3.

His production company Grammnet is co-producing Hulu’s Light as a Feather, a 10-episode straight-to-series supernatural thriller with AwesomenessTV and Wattpad.
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SVU Adds Scandal's George Newbern as Love Interest for [Spoiler]

SVU Adds Scandal's George Newbern as Love Interest for [Spoiler]
George Newbern will soon be romancing a key member of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit.

The Scandal vet has booked a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU, appearing throughout the upcoming Season 20 as Dr. Al Pollack, our sister site Deadline reports. Pollack is described as “charming, handsome and very wealthy doctor” who has a history with
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‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Season 13 Teaser & Key Art: Dennis, Is That You?

‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Season 13 Teaser & Key Art: Dennis, Is That You?
Don’t look to today’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia tweets — with new key art and a teaser promo — for answers on whether Glenn Howerton’s Dennis will be on the show when it returns September 5 for Season 13 on Fxx.

But there are clues on this Friday the 13th. Sorta.

In the new key art, Sunny‘s Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Danny DeVito and Kaitlin Olson are pictured, in slasher-flick style, running terrified from a secluded cabin. In the background, on the cabin porch, is an ax-wielding, hockeymask-wearing maniac. Could the Jason Voorhees wannabe be the gang’s Dennis?

Very possibly, given Dennis’ well-established sociopathic tendencies and serial killer fantasies. But more to the point, does his background placement signal a reduction in Howerton’s presence on the comedy? The actor’s NBC sitcom A.P. Bio was renewed in May for a second season.

We already know that
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Christine Lahti Cast As Gloria Steinem In Emily Mann’s Off Broadway Play

Christine Lahti Cast As Gloria Steinem In Emily Mann’s Off Broadway Play
Christine Lahti has been cast as feminist icon Gloria Steinem in the previously announced Off Broadway production of Having Our Say playwright Emily Mann’s new play Gloria: A Life.

The play, to be directed by Diane Paulus (Waitress) and produced by Tony-winning producer Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots) at the Daryl Roth Theatre on Union Square in Manhattan, will begin previews Tuesday, October 2 and open Thursday, October 18.

“Gloria Steinem helped me find feminism, which has been my life jacket, a way to navigate through a world that doesn’t treat girls and women like full human beings,” Lahti said upon her casting. “For over forty years, she has worked tirelessly to enrich, empower and save women’s lives. To be able to play her and tell her remarkable story is one of the greatest thrills and honors of my life, not to mention my career.”

Said Steinem: “I’m honored to be represented by Christine,
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The L.A. Production of ‘Waitress’ Is Seeking Young Talent

Preheat your ovens, the hit musical “Waitress,” based on the independent film by Adrienne Shelly, is currently casting for a Los Angeles run and seeking a child actor for a named role. The show will run throughout August 2018 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. The uplifting musical celebrates “friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.” The story follows Jenna, a waitress in a small town who endeavors to escape her small town life. Her plan is to win a lucrative pie-baking contest in a nearby county. However, an unplanned pregnancy threatens to trap her in a loveless, abusive marriage, but also affords a possible escape when she meets her new doctor. The production is seeking a small child to play the part of Lulu. The role is for a young girl, aged 4–5. The character appears in the finale and has a carefree and sweet demeanor. Eligible children should be
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Craig Zadan & Neil Meron: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ Figuring Out ‘Hair’ Nudity, and ‘Smash’ on Broadway — Turn It On Podcast

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Craig Zadan & Neil Meron: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ Figuring Out ‘Hair’ Nudity, and ‘Smash’ on Broadway — Turn It On Podcast
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron knew “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” was a success when they noticed something unusual on social media: No snarky tweets.

“This is the first time we had love tweets,” Zadan said. “On some of the others, even though we didn’t think we deserved them, we got hate tweets, because people didn’t want it to be done the way they were done. Same thing happened to us at the Oscars!”

It had become a bit of a hallmark over the years: Viewers cracking wise while watching past productions like “The Sound of Music Live,” or of course, their NBC musical drama “Smash.” But with “Jesus Christ Superstar,” all of Zadan’s and Meron’s choices — from the casting of John Legend and Sara Bareilles, among others, down to the decision to stage it as a concert/musical play hybrid — resonated with audiences.

When
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Waitress, Chicago, and Saturday Night Fever to Head to Sydney in 2019/2020!

A trifecta of musical theatre productions will premiere in Sydney, Australia over the next two years. The Kander and Ebb masterpiece Chicago will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2019 the worldwide hit musical Saturday Night Fever will open at the Capitol Theatre in 2019 and the Australian premiere of the Broadway smash hit Waitress will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2020.
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Tonys 2018: Grade Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban's Opening Number

Tonys 2018: Grade Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban's Opening Number
Sara Bareilles still isn’t going to write you a love song, but she — along with Josh Groban — is cool with hosting the 72nd Annual Tony Awards.

The Jesus Christ Superstar Live star/Waitress composer and the Great Comet of 1812 headliner opened sitting at back-to-back pianos, crooning a tune addressed to everyone who’s ever lost one of the coveted statuettes, because “neither one of us has ever won anything.”(It is insane that Into the Woods didn’t get Best Musical back in the day, right?)

The funny song even had an uplifting secondary message! In this scary world,
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Tony Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List, From ‘The Band’s Visit’ to ‘Harry Potter’

Tony Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List, From ‘The Band’s Visit’ to ‘Harry Potter’
“The Band’s Visit” emerged as the big winner at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, winning 10 prizes, including Best Musical.

The show, based on a 2007 movie about an Egyptian band that mistakenly finds itself in an isolated village in Israel, also earned prizes for its lead performers, “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, as well as supporting player Itamar Moses.

Director David Cromer, composer David Yazbek, book writer Itamar Moses were recognized in addition to the show’s orchestrations, sound and lighting design.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the two-part drama that extended J.K. Rowling’s beloved wizard franchise to Broadway, won six awards, including Best Play. The hit show, which broke the record in its London run by winning nine Olivier Awards, also won prizes for director John Tiffany, as well as for scenic, costume, lighting and sound design.

Also Read: All 12 Egot Winners, From Audrey Hepburn
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2018 Tonys: ‘The Band’s Visit’ wins 10 including Best Musical, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ takes 6 including Best Play

2018 Tonys: ‘The Band’s Visit’ wins 10 including Best Musical, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ takes 6 including Best Play
The 72nd Tony Awards were held on Sunday (June 10) and were hosted two past nominees, composer Sara Bareilles (“Waitress”) and actor Josh Groban. The CBS telecast from New York’s Radio City Music Hall aired live in the Eastern and Central time zones while those in the Mountain and Pacific time zones had a three-hour tape delay. Scroll down for our live updating report and analysis of the winners as they happened.

Thirty shows were eligible for consideration. A whopping 21 of these earned at least one nomination across the 26 Tony Awards categories. While the nominations were determined by 51 theater professionals, the 2018 Tonys winners were decided by 846 members of the Broadway community.

Heading into the evening, two new musicals – “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” — had a leading 12 Tony Awards nominations apiece while a third, “The Band’s Visit,” had to settle for 11. The hit British import “Harry Potter and the Cursed
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2018 Tony Awards: Complete list of winners (and nominees) in all 26 categories [Updating Live]

The 72nd annual Tony Awards took place on Sunday, June 10 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Two previous nominees, composer Sara Bareilles (“Waitress”) and actor Josh Groban, hosted the ceremony that aired on CBS.

While the nominees for these top theater kudos were determined by 51 theater professionals, the winners were voted on by 846 members of the Broadway community. Below, is the full and complete list of 2018 Tonys winners in each of the 26 competitive categories.

See 2018 Tonys online: How to watch 72nd Tony Awards live stream without a TV

Heading into the evening, the British import “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” led among plays with a whopping 10 nominations. That is twice the haul of its closest rival for Best Play, “Farinelli and the King.” Two new musicals – “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” — earned a leading 12 Tony Awards nominations apiece while a third, “The Band’s Visit,” had to
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2018 Tony Awards full list of nominations: Every show and performer in the running at the 72nd annual Tonys

The 2018 Tony Awards take place on Sunday, June 10 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The three-hour ceremony hosted by two past nominees, composer Sara Bareilles (“Waitress”) and actor Josh Groban, will air on CBS. Those in the Eastern and Central time zones can see it live while those in the Mountain and Pacific time zones have a three-hour tape delay.

Thirty shows were eligible for consideration. A whopping 21 of these reaped at least one bid across the 26 Tony Awards categories. While the nominations were determined by 51 theater professionals, the 2018 Tonys winners will be decided by 842 members of the Broadway community.

See 2018 Tony Awards: When does the show start on Sunday, who are the hosts and presenters and what will win?

Two new musicals – “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” — earned a leading dozen Tony Awards nominations apiece while “The Band’s Visit,” had to settle for 11 bids. Among new plays,
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