Waitress

July 30 – August 5

Waitress promises to be a sweet slice of Muny heaven! Featuring memorable music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Sara Bareilles, the story centers on Jenna, a baker who dreams of escaping her job, small town and rocky marriage. Adapted from the 2007 film, it’s a satisfying celebration of friendship, motherhood and the magic of a homemade pie. A Muny and Midwest regional premiere.  

 Music and Lyrics by SARA BAREILLES  • Book by JESSIE NELSON  

About the Show

  • Lili-Anne Brown

    Director

  • Chloe O. Davis

    Choreographer

  • Andra Velis Simon

    Music Director

  • Wilson Chin

    Scenic Design

  • Raquel Adorno

    Costume Design

  • Heather Gilbert

    Lighting Design

  • John Shivers

    Co-Sound Design

  • David Patridge

    Co-Sound Design

  • Mike Tutaj

    Video Design

  • Kelley Jordan

    Wig Design

  • Kelsey Tippins

    Production Stage Manager

Cast

Jessica Vosk

JESSICA VOSK

Jenna

Muny: Chess (Florence) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator). She is currently developing the role of CC in the musical adaptation of Beaches, which just had its international premiere. Jessica is best known for her star turn as Elphaba in Wicked, both on tour and in the 15th Anniversary Broadway company. Additional credits include the Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, The Bridges of Madison County and Sarah Silverman’s Bedwetter at Atlantic Theater Company. Jessica is an accomplished concert artist, completing her first 20-city solo tour last year and playing Carnegie Hall twice in one season. Having started with a career in finance, her one-of-a-kind story was covered by ABC’s 20/20 and NBC Nightly News.

Devin DeSantis

DEVIN DESANTIS

Dr. Pomatter

New York: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (singer). Off-Broadway: The Magdalene. Regional: The Matchbox Magic Flute (Goodman), Kinky Boots, Next to Normal, The Who’s Tommy, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Into the Woods, Les Misérables (Paramount Theatre), Emma, The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Parade (Writers Theatre),Young Frankenstein, Hot Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance (Drury Lane Theatre), Anyone Can Whistle, The Most Happy Fella (Ravinia), Godspell, City of Angels, Honeymoon in Vegas, Shenandoah (Marriott Theatre). Devin is a regular guest artist with the Colorado Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Wyoming Symphony.

Lissa deGuzman

LISSA deGUZMAN

Dawn

She was last seen in St. Louis as Elphaba in the national tour of Wicked. Currently on Broadway as the Elphaba standby. Other Broadway credits include King Kong and Disney’s Aladdin. National tours: Wicked (Elphaba), Disney’s Aladdin (Jasmine). Regional: Fiddler on the Roof (The Muny, 2016), Bliss (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Chasing Rainbows (Goodspeed Opera House), Camelot (Cape Playhouse), Legally Blonde (Kansas City Starlight), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drury Lane), West Side Story and Les Misérables (Studio Tenn). BFA Belmont University.

Nicole Michelle Haskins

NICOLE MICHELLE HASKINS

Becky

The Color Purple (Muny, St. Louis Theater Circle Award and Drury Lane Theatre, Jeff Award); US premiere of Hopelessly Devoted (Piven Theatre); Caroline, or Change (Firebrand Theatre, Black Theatre Alliance nomination); The Spitfire Grill (Refuge Theatre Project, Jeff nomination); The Wiz (Kokandy Productions, Black Theatre Alliance, Jeff and Time Out Chicago nominations); The Music Man; Father Comes Home From the Wars: Parts 1, 2 and 3; How to Catch Creation (Goodman Theatre), world premiere of HeLa (Sideshow Theatre), Midwest premiere of Mutt (Stage Left Theatre with Red Tape Theatre).

Ken Page

KEN PAGE

Joe

has performed in over 45 shows on the Muny stage. Ken is widely known as the voice of Mr. Oogie Boogie in the classic Disney/Tim Burton animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Film: Dreamgirls, Torch Song Trilogy, All Dogs Go to Heaven and more. Ken made his Broadway debut in the all-Black revival of Guys and Dolls as Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Theatre World Award). Other Broadway: Cats (Old Deuteronomy, OBC video/film cast), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (OBC, LA, Paris, Drama Desk Award for Best Actor, Grammy Award cast album), The Wiz (Lion). London’s West End: Children of Eden (Father, OLC), My One and Only in Concert (London Palladium).

Ben Crawford

BEN CRAWFORD

Earl

Muny: Oliver! (Bill Sykes), Titanic (Frederick Barrett), Footloose (Chuck Cranston), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (The Beast). Broadway: Les Misérables, Shrek (Shrek), Big Fish (Don Price), On the Twentieth Century, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Salt), The Phantom of the Opera (Phantom, 35th Anniversary). New York: Merrily We Roll Along, Irma La Douce (NY City Center Encores!), 35mm, Jasper in Deadland (Ryan Scott Oliver). Tour: Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson). Regional: Evita (Che), Oklahoma! (Jud Fry), Next to Normal (Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine), Assassins (John Wilkes-Booth), A New Brain (Gordon Schwinn), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Bob Wallace), Soul Doctor (Shlomo Carlebach) and A Little Night Music (Carl Magnus).

Jonah D. Winston

JONAH D. WINSTON

Cal

Chicago: Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Big Fish, Damn Yankees (Marriott Theatre), Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors, Clue, Young Frankenstein, Spamalot (Mercury Theater Chicago, multiple Jeff nominations and awards), A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre), Parade (Writers Theatre). Tours: The Play That Goes Wrong, Saint-Georges’ Sword and Bow. Regional: Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Play House, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Opera: The Merry Widow, Jesus Christ Superstar, Louder! Longer! Wagner! (Lyric Opera of Chicago).

Troy Iwata

TROY IWATA

Ogie

made his Broadway debut in Be More Chill and can be heard on multiple musical theatre albums. Troy is one of the newest correspondents on The Daily Show (Comedy Central) and appeared in the ghost comedy Summoning Sylvia. His Netflix series Dash & Lily garnered 12 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Casting. Other TV: WeCrashed (Apple TV+), New Amsterdam (NBC), Katy Keene (The CW), Ray Donovan (Showtime), Tell Me a Story (CBS), Quantico (ABC) and Time After Time (ABC). His latest film project, Space Cadet (Prime Video), debuts this summer.

Torri Tripoli

TORRI TRIPOLI

Lulu

is 6 years old and attends kindergarten in St. Louis. She belongs to St. Louis Spirits Gymnastics Club and dances at Professional Dance Center, where she is a member of the Ensemble competition team.

Creative Team

LILI-ANNE BROWN

Director

2022’s The Color Purple and 2023’s Rent. The Chicago South Side native works as a director, actor and educator, and has directed, performed in and produced many award-winning shows in Chicago and nationally. The former artistic director of Bailiwick Chicago, she focused programming on Chicago-premiere musicals and new work development with resident playwrights. Last year she received the Helen Hayes Award for her direction of Ain’t No Mo’ at Woolly Mammoth and Baltimore Center Stage.

CHLOE O. DAVIS

Choreographer

Choreography: Late Night With Seth Meyers (NBC), A New Brain (Barrington Stage), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (The Rev), My Tribute to Black Broadway and Black Choreographers (The Muny), Broadway Bares (Hammerstein Ballroom) and Paradise Square (Broadway, Associate Choreographer). Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography and The Award for Best Choreography by Broadway Black. Favorite performance credits: Hell’s Kitchen (Broadway), Paradise Square (Broadway), Porgy and Bess (The Met), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix), Harlem (Amazon), Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC), Camille A. Brown and Dancers, and Philadanco. Currently developing her own choreographic work called The Memorial.

ANDRA VELIS SIMON

Music Director

Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, A.R.T. in Cambridge, BAM, Berkeley Rep, NYU Skirball Center, Olney Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, People’s Light. Chicago: Firebrand Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, the US premiere of London Road (Shattered Globe Theatre), the world premiere of La Ruta (Steppenwolf, Theater Wit), and multiple actor-musician productions with The Hypocrites and Chicago Children’s Theatre, among others. Most recently, Velis Simon was the music supervisor for the first regional production of The Band’s Visit, co-produced by TheatreSquared of Arkansas and Writers Theatre, outside Chicago. In addition, she has taught musical theatre performance at the college level since 2008 and recently completed a short-term residency at Grinnell College. Member AFM.