Nettles will portray the lead role for a month
Jennifer Nettles is returning to Broadway for the lead role in Waitress. The Sugarland singer will take over the role of Jenna Hunterson from October 19th through November 24th, following GRAMMY Award winner Sara Bareilles in the role.
“BROADWAY IS BACK BABY, and so am I. I am thrilled to be joining the cast of Waitress the Musical as Jenna from October 19th through November 24th,” Nettles shares on social media. “You all know how much I love my girl Sara Bareilles. I can’t wait to put on the apron, play this beautiful role and sing her amazing songs every night. It truly is a dream come true! Come join me!!!”
Waitress made its return to Broadway for a limited engagement, running September 2, 2021 – January 9, 2022 with the GRAMMY Award winning Bareilles in the lead role through October 17th.
Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna fights to reclaim a long-forgotten part of herself. Through the support of her fellow waitresses, and an unexpected romance, Jenna begins to find the courage to take a long-abandoned dream off the shelf. Waitress celebrates the power of friendship, dreams, the family we choose and the beauty of a well baked pie.
Nettles is no stranger to the Broadway stage. In 2015, she made her debut in 2015 as Roxy Hart in Chicago. Two years later, she portrayed Donna in The Hollywood Bowl’s production of Mamma Mia! Earlier this year, she released her first-ever Broadway album Always Like New, featuring Nettles’ reimagination of 12 tracks from the American Songbook.
Deadline reports that Nettles is also currently developing a musical about 17th Century “crusading poisoner” Giulia Tofana.