Katharine McPhee to star in Waitress, Sara Bareilles’ new West End musical

Opening up in 2019.

Katharine McPhee is set to make her West End debut in the leading role of Jenna in the UK premiere of Waitress, having played the role on Broadway earlier this year.

Finding international fame on American Idol – Season 5, Katharine was the breakout star on the musical telly show Smash.

The Tony Award-nominated musical will begin preview performances on 8 February ahead of its official opening night on 7 March at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Currently playing its third year on Broadway, Waitress will bring with it an all-female lead creative team – a West End musical first.

Related: Sara Bareilles to make Broadway debut in her musical Waitress

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

The musical features a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by six-time Grammy Award-nominee Sara Bareilles, and is based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly. The musical is directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

“I cannot contain my excitement that we will be bringing Waitress to the West End,” Sarah Bareilles said of the show opening in London.

“We are so proud of this beautiful show, and can’t wait to share the story of Jenna with a whole new audience and welcome them into the world of Waitress with open arms and plenty of pie.”

More information on Waitress can be found here.


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