Wednesday 17 July saw a “Cast Album Karaoke” night for the hit musical Waitress. In addition to it serving the goods in London’s Theatreland, it also gave fans the chance to fully embrace the show in all its glory. Perfect for those who love to belt out their favourite number on the West End stage, in front of the mirror with a prop for a microphone.
The hosts were David Hunter (who plays Dr. Pomatter in the musical) and Stephen Leask (who plays Cal), with the karaoke event taking place after the show last week. It gave fans the chance to sing one minute of any song from Waitress, live on the Adelphi Theatre’s stage, accompanied by the show’s musical director Katharine Woolley. It was a theatre lover’s dream, with the proper West End star treatment for all those involved.
The event was the sixth Waitress Karaoke night the show has programmed, and previous hosts have included Denise Van Outen, Katharine McPhee, Chizzy Akudolu, Jack McBrayer, Heart Breakfast presenter Lucy Horobin, Ruthie Henshall, Laura Baldwin and Marisha Wallace.
Brought to London by an all-female lead creative team, with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, Waitress tells the story of talented pie-maker and waitress Jenna, who has ambitions of leaving her small town and unhappy marriage behind her. But with life serving up some unexpected change for her, and a baking contest offering her a fresh start, the show questions whether Jenna can write a new recipe for her happiness.
Alongside Lucie Jones as Jenna, Waitress stars Blake Harrison as Ogie, Marisha Wallace as Becky, Ashley Roberts as Dawn, Peter Hannah as Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.
Photo: Johan Persson