Ashley Roberts and Lucie Jones cast in West End musical Waitress
| By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels
This summer, Ashley Roberts of The Pussycat Dolls is set to make her West End stage debut in Waitress The Musical. She will be joined by musical theatre sensation Lucie Jones (Les Miserables, Legally Blonde). Waitress is now playing at the Adelphi Theatre and booking until 19 October 2019.
Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and musical theatre star Lucie Jones to star in Waitress
The West End production of Broadway's Waitress The Musical have formally announced today that Ashley Roberts and Lucie Jones will be joining the London cast beginning on 17 June 2019. Ashley Roberts is set to take on the role of Dawn whilst Lucie Jones will headline the show as the new Jenna, effectively replacing Katharine McPhee after the actress makes her final good-pie on 15 June 2019.
The pair join cast members David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter, Marisha Wallace as Becky, Peter Hannah as Earl, and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.
The cast also stars ensemble members Ashley Roberts, Charlotte Riby, Chris McGuigan, David Hunter, Kelly Agbowu, Leanne Pinder, Lucie Jones, Marisha Wallace, Mark Willshire, Michael Hamway, Nathaniel Morrison, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Olivia Moore, Peter Hannah, Piers Bate, Sarah O’Connor, Shaun Prendergast, and Stephen Leask.
Laura Baldwin, who currently portrays Dawn in Waitress, will return to the role at the end of the summer.
About Ashley Roberts and Lucie Jones
American-born singer and London resident Ashley Roberts is best known for being a member in one of the biggest girl groups of all time, The Pussycat Dolls. She along with other bandmates, including Nicole Scherzinger, were catapulted into international stardom following the release of their debut album PCD. During their seven years of activity, the band sold well over 54 million records and toured all around the world. Whilst Scherzinger enjoyed widespread success as a solo artist in the US following The Pussycat Dolls' disbandment, Roberts became a huge hit in the UK after appearing in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and became a runner-up in one of the tightest reality show finals of all time. Roberts may have lost to EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks, but she continued her career in television to great success, going on to appear in Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, in two seasons of ITV’s Dancing On Ice as a judge, and as a judge alongside Take That's Gary Barlow in the televised competition, Let It Shine, in which contestants competed for a role in West End jukebox musical The Band.
Further television credits of Ashley Roberts' include appearing Coming In America and ITV’s The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, hosting two seasons of NBC's 1st Look, which aired every Saturday night in the US, and for joining the cast of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, in which she became the highest scored contestant with an average 36.9 rating thanks to the guidance of her dance partner, Pasha Kovalev. Roberts currently holds the record for the most perfect scores ever received by a contestant in Strictly Come Dancing history with a total of five perfect scores all throughout the series.
Lucie Jones, who is set to take over for Katharine McPhee as Jenna, is best known for her many iconic roles in musical theatre. Her previous stage credits include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (UK tour), Holly in The Wedding Singer (national tour), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre), Maureen Johnson in RENT (The Other Palace and UK tour), Meat in the We Will Rock You (world arena tour), Molly Jensen in Ghost: The Musical (Asian tour), and Victoria in American Psycho The Musical (Almeida).
In 2009, Miss Jones became a finalist in The X Factor and hit the road for The X Factor Tour in 2010, playing to sell out crowds at arenas across the country. In January 2017, the star earned the public vote for Eurovision - You Decide on BBC2 with her original single 'Never Give Up On You'. She later competed in Ukraine for the Eurovision World Final. Her TV credits include roles in The Sarah Jane Adventures on BBC and Midsomer Murders on ITV.
About West End Waitress musical creative team
Waitress came fresh from the oven thanks to a ground-breaking, all-female creative team that boasts 7-time Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles ('Love Song', 'Brave') behind the show's score. The musical also features direction by Tony Award®-winning director Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin), a book by the highly-praised screenwriter, Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), and choreography by Lorin Latarro. Waitress is currently touring across the US and the musical will receive its Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2020.
What awards has Waitress The Musical received?
Waitress The Musical has received two Drama League Award nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; four Outer Critics' Circle Award nominations, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.
With an open-ended run at the Adelphi Theatre, the West End production of Waitress is expected to rake in even more awards and nominations for the next Evening Standard Awards, Olivier Awards, and WhatsOnStage Awards.
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