REVIEW: WAITRESS (Adelphi Theatre) ★★★★

This week, the new cast of the West End transfer of smash hit Broadway musical Waitress started performances at London’s Adelphi Theatre. The show is now starring Lucie Jones as Jenna, Ashley Roberts as Dawn and Blake Harrison as Ogie. Continuing in their roles are Marisha Wallace as Becky, Peter Hannah as Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.

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.

Lucie Jones is phenomenal as the lead character Jenna. She is sweet and charismatic and has great chemistry alongside her love interest in the show David Hunter (as Dr. Pomatter). Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts acts the part of goofy Dawn really well, although vocally she isn’t particularly strong. Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison is well cast in the role of Ogie and is fun to watch.

Is is still Marisha Wallace though that steals the show as Becky. She looks like she is living her best life in the role and deserves to win all the awards going for her performance.

Waitress began previews in February 2019 and has just announced it is extending its booking period by (a relatively short) seven weeks to 7 December 2019. It’s a good show and well worth seeing whilst it is in London.


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