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5 Exciting Replacements Coming to Broadway This Fall

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|by Mark Robinson |


Check out the new stars of ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Waitress’ and more

The casting of Broadway plays and musicals is much like a revolving door. Performers are often departing for new projects after their contracts expire, while other actors and actresses are ushered in, giving shows a freshness and vitality. Sometimes performers even return to a role after having taken a well deserved break. This autumn, there are a handful of performers revolving into roles as other stars exit. Here are a few of the exciting replacements you can find in Broadway’s plays and musicals this fall.  

Renee Rapp will star as Regina George in ‘Mean Girls’ (Photo: Jeremy Daniels)

Renee Rapp will star as Regina George in ‘Mean Girls’ (Photo: Jeremy Daniels)

Jordin Sparks – Waitress
She was crowned “American Idol” in 2007 on the sixth season of the reality competition series of the same name. She was also the youngest winner in the show’s history, taking home the title at the age of 17. From that point forward, Jordin Sparks saw a meteoric rise in her career, beginning with the release of her self-titled album, which went on to be certified platinum. Sparks received her first Grammy nomination for the song “No Air,” a duet with singer Chris Brown. Her next album, Battlefield (2009),  climbed the Billboard 200 chart, debuting at #7. In 2015, she released a third album titled Right Here Right Now. Sparks made her Broadway debut in 2010 playing Nina Rosario during the run of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. In 2012, she starred in the film Sparkle. Now, Sparks is returning to Broadway to play the role of Jenna in the hit musical Waitress. She begins her tenure with the show on September 19, 2019, and will stay through October 27.

Renee Rapp – Mean Girls
First 2018 Jimmy Award winner Andrew Barth Feldman took Broadway by storm by assuming the title role in the runaway hit Dear Evan Hansen. Now it is time for his contemporary and co-2018 Jimmy-winner Renee Rapp to dazzle the Great White Way. Rapp will join the “totally fetch” Broadway production of Mean Girls, assuming the role of Queen Bee “Regina George” as the role’s originator Taylor Louderman recently departed the Broadway production. Rapp officially took up the mantel of high school’s scariest diva deluxe on September 10, 2019. For those who are unaware, The Jimmy Awards, more formally known as the National High School Musical Awards, are affectionately nicknamed after theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander.

Sarah Bockel and Corey Jeacoma – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
It’s always sad to see a show wind down and eventually close. The hit, Tony-winning musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has enjoyed an outstanding run, having opened on Broadway in 2014, but it will soon shutter on October 27, 2019 after 2,418 performances. For the final stretch of the run, the roles of Carole King and Gerry Coffin will be assumed by Sarah Bockel and Corey Jeacoma, respectively. Bockel returns to the Broadway production, having served as an understudy/replacement in the show and appeared on the national tour. Jeacoma is making his Broadway debut in the production. The duo just joined the production on September 5th, and they will stay with the jukebox hit through its final curtain.

Ed Harris – To Kill A Mockingbird
As Jeff Daniels plays his final few months in the hit production of Broadway’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the show’s producers have a lined-up a first-rate successor for the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s perennial classic. Star of stage and screen Ed Harris will be the next actor to step into the shoes of the iconic character of Atticus Finch, starting November 5, 2019. Harris has appeared in many films, including The Right Stuff, The Abyss, Glengarry Glen Ross, Nixon, The Rock, Stepmom, A Beautiful Mind and Enemy at the Gates. He has been thrice-nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Apollo 13 (1996), The Truman Show (1999) and The Hours (2003). He was nominated for Best Actor in 2001 for the bio-drama Pollock. No stranger to the theatrical stage, Harris received a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut in the play Precious Sons. He has appeared on Broadway in Taking Sides, and Off-Broadway in Good for Otto, Buried Child, The Jacksonian, Wrecks, Trumbo, Simpatico and Fool for Love. Harris currently stars on the HBO series Westworld.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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