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Waitress - cast changes announced

Evelyn Hoskins and Marisha Wallace

Casting news

CAST changes have been announced for the West End production of Waitress, which is booking at the Adelphi Theatre until July 4, 2020.

Evelyn Hoskins (Assassins, Spring Awakening) will join the hit musical comedy as Dawn on January 25, 2020, following Hannah Tointon’s final performance, and original London cast member Marisha Wallace (Dreamgirls, Aladdin) will resume the role of Becky on January 6 following Sandra Marvin’s final performance.

Monique Ashe-Palmer will also join in the ensemble on January 9, taking over from Cindy Belliot.

Evelyn Hoskins most recently starred on stage in Assassins (Nottingham Playhouse/Watermill) and previously in the West End in Spring Awakening. Her other theatre credits include Cruel Intentions (Bill Kenwright), Mayfly (Orange Tree Theatre), Mrs Henderson Presents (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto), Peter and the Starcatcher (Royal and Derngate), the title role in Carrie (Southwark Playhouse), Hero’s Welcome (UK Tour, Off-Broadway), This Is My Family (Sheffield Crucible/UK Tour), The Boy Who Fell Into A Book (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Peter Pan (US Tour) and The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep).

For television, Hoskins has starred in ITV’s A Confession and The Sound of Music Live, BBC series’ Casualty, Holby City and Doctors and E4’s Misfits. She has also performed in concert in The Hired Man (Cadogan Hall), Christmas with the Stars (Royal Albert Hall), Peter Pan (Adelphi Theatre) and Cool Rider (Lyric, West End).

Marisha Wallace made her West End debut playing Effie White in Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre) after playing the role at the Tony-winning regional theatre, Dallas Theater Center. Since coming to London she has performed in numerous concerts at The Royal Albert Hall, the London Palladium, and she’s a part of Broadway and West End Divas. She previously performed the role of Celie in The Color Purple in Concert at Cadogan Hall and had two sold out nights at Zedel.

Wallace’s Broadway credits include the original Broadway productions of Something Rotten and Disney’s Aladdin, and she also appeared in the first US national tour of The Book of Mormon. Other stage credits include Sistas!, Aladdin (Toronto), Oklahoma!, for which she won the Drammy for Best Actress, One Night With Janis Joplin, Rent and Hair.

Wallace’s screen credits include Aladdin (the forthcoming live action film), Disney’s Frozen Fever, The Tony Awards, Good Morning America, The View and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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 features an original score by eight-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (Love Song, Brave), who has recently been announced to join the West End cast as Jenna opposite Gavin Creel (The Book of Mormon, Hello Dolly!) as Dr Pomatter for a strictly limited six-week season from January 27 to March 7, 2020. Read more.