Dallas, TX (August 9, 2017) – 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. The tour will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park March 28 – April 8, 2018 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. The production will then head over to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall June 19-24, 2018 presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.
The WAITRESS cast will be led by Desi Oakley (LES MISERABLES, EVITA) as Jenna, and Lenne Klingaman as Dawn with Bryan Fenkhart (MEMPHIS) as Dr. Pomatter, Nick Bailey (“Red Oaks”) as Earl and Ryan G. Dunkin (“Bull”) as 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, Jim 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, Jenna 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.
National Tour of WAITRESS Premieres in Cleveland, OH at the Connor Palace Theatre in Playhouse Square on October 17th, 2017. For more tour information, please visit http://waitressthemusical.com
Single tickets for the Dallas-Fort Worth engagements of WAITRESS will go on sale later this year. Please purchase a 2017-2018 Broadway season ticket(s) for access.
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Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2017-2018 Broadway season will kick off with the season add-on IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, December 5-10, 2017; followed by THE COLOR PURPLE, Jan. 23 – Feb. 4, 2018; ON YOUR FEET!, Feb. 27 – Mar. 11, 2018; WAITRESS, Mar. 28 – Apr. 8, 2018; LES MISÉRABLES, Apr. 24 – May 6, 2018; DISNEY’S THE LION KING, Jun. 13 – Jul. 8, 2018; LOVE NEVER DIES, Jul. 24 – Aug. 5, 2018; and closing the season will be SCHOOL OF ROCK, Aug. 15-26, 2018.
Dallas Summer Musicals’ seven show season tickets start at $150 and are on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1-866-276-4884 Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST. Season tickets can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park box office Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Payment plan options are available. In addition, season ticket buyers have the option to include the season add-on to their season subscription, which is discounted for subscribers.
Perks of being a season ticket holder are interest-free payment options, savings over single ticket pricing, ticket exchange privileges, priority access to tickets, and free parking.
Groups of 10+ receive a 15% discount and groups of 35+ receive a 20% discount. Group orders placed before tickets go on sale to the general public get priority seating, a 15% discount to M Dining for groups of 15+, and many other great perks. For more information or to purchase tickets please call 214-426-4768 or e-mail groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.
* Not available for all shows.
HAMILTON and ALADDIN will be coming to Dallas Summer Musicals in its 2018-2019 Broadway season! Subscribers from the 2017-2018 Broadway season will have first access to HAMILTON and ALADDIN when renewing for the 2018-2019 Broadway season. Performance dates and times will be announced at a later time.
The 2018 Broadway at the Bass season was announced earlier this year and includes these co-presentations with Dallas Summer Musicals – WAITRESS, June 19-24, 2018; LOVE NEVER DIES, Aug. 7-12, 2018; and SCHOOL OF ROCK, Aug. 28 – Sept. 2, 2018. The 2018 at the Bass season kicks off with SOMETHING ROTTEN!, Jan. 17-21, 2018, followed by FINDING NEVERLAND, March 20-25, 2018. Season ticket packages are on sale now.
About Dallas Summer Musicals:
Since 1941, the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals Inc. (DSM) has presented the very best in Broadway to North Texas audiences. Located in the historic Music Hall at Fair Park, DSM promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to offer affordable ticket prices, preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and develop impactful community programs. DSM gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors, annual fund donors and corporate partners American Airlines, Texas Instruments, The Dallas Morning News, and WFAA TV Channel 8. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.
About Performing Arts Fort Worth:
The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; to promulgate arts education; and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.
Built entirely with private funds, Bass Performance Hall is permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Cliburn. Each resident company operates independently from Performing Arts Fort Worth and manages its own programming schedule at Bass Hall.
Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit organization that oversees management of the Hall, also presents national Touring Broadway product under the Broadway at the Bass banner, as well as programming that includes Family Series at the Bass, and the BNSF Popular Entertainment Series.
The 2,042-seat multipurpose Hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot diameter Great Dome tops the Founders Concert Theater while two 48-foot tall angels grace the Grand Facade. Since the Hall opened in May 1998, the angels have become preeminent cultural icons of the Dallas-Fort Worth community. The Hall itself is renowned for its superb acoustics, exceptional sight lines and ambience on level with the great halls of the world.
About Broadway Across America:
Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel. Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.