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Broadway Beat: Sara Bareilles Returns to ‘Waitress,’ ‘Avenue Q’ to Close & More

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|by Amy Sapp |

Plus, 2019 will see an unconventional Broadway revival of 'Oklahoma!'

Composer Sara Bareilles will reprise the leading role of Jenna in 'Waitress' (Photo: Josh Lehrer)

Composer Sara Bareilles will reprise the leading role of Jenna in 'Waitress' (Photo: Josh Lehrer)

Friends Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel to Star Together in Waitress
It’s amazing what baking can do – like bringing together two best friends to perform eight shows a week on Broadway! Multi-hyphenate Sara Bareilles returns to play the leading role in Waitress, the musical she composed and for which she received Tony Award nominations for Best Musical and Best Original Score. Bareilles’ best friend Gavin Creel – a Tony and Olivier Award winner known for his roles in Hello, Dolly! and The Book of Mormonwill take over the role of love interest Dr. Pomatter. The pair will play their limited engagement from Jan. 7 through Feb. 3 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to celebrate the musical’s third anniversary on Broadway.

New Revival of Oklahoma! Comes to Broadway
The Bard SummerScape’s revolutionary staging of Oklahoma! at St. Ann’s Warehouse will transfer to Broadway in 2019 to the Circle in the Square Theatre, current home of the Tony-winning revival of Once on This Island. Performances will begin on Mar. 19 and are scheduled through Sept. 1 in a limited engagement run.

Lea Salonga Returns to Once on This Island
Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams unexpectedly departed Once on This Island, due to health concerns. Taking over for Williams as goddess Erzulie is the revival’s originator of the role, stage and screen legend Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Allegiance). Salonga steps back into the role on Dec. 27, and will close the show with its current company on Jan. 6.

Avenue Q to Close after 15 Successful Years Onstage
On April 28, Avenue Q will close at New World Stages after almost six years on Broadway and the remaining years Off-Broadway. The 2003 Tony Award-winning Best Musical features a Tony Award-winning score by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and a Tony Award-winning book by Jeff Whitty.

Entire Off-Broadway Cast of Be More Chill Transfers to Broadway
This week, creatives announced that the entire Off-Broadway cast of Be More Chill will transfer to the show’s Broadway staging at the Lyceum Theatre in 2019. The cast includes Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen), George Salazar (The Lightning Thief, Godspell), Jason Tam (Jesus Christ Superstar: Live) and more. The show is slated to begin previews on Feb. 13 in advance of a Mar. 10 opening.

For more of the best of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in December 2018.

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