American Idol season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee is headed to London. The singer will reprise the role as pie maker Jenna in the musical Waitress for its West End premiere. Earlier this year, Katharine performed two stints in the starring role at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway.
The show is set to open for previews at London’s Adelphi Theatre February 9, 2019, before officially opening March 7.
Now in its third year on Broadway, Waitress (based on the film by Adrienne Shelly) features a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.
Additional casting for the UK production will be announced at a later date.
The singer recently cancelled a concert tour due to vocal fatigue.
“I’ve been struggling with extreme vocal fatigue these last few weeks following my Broadway run and have been on strict vocal rest for weeks in hopes that I could be ready for this tour come November,” the singer wrote on Instagram. “But it looks like my body is going to need a little more time. I’m so sorry. It’s a frustrating situation to say the least, but not something I haven’t been through before.”
Katharine has been taking her vocal rest very seriously, even when announcing the big news on Instagram.
Another two months of vocal rest, and Katharine should be ready to go, right? She seems pretty excited in this gif posted to twitter:
— Kat McPhee (@katharinemcphee) November 23, 2018
Although Katharine will not be touring this fall, you can hear the singer’s live performances. PBS just dropped Live on Soundstage taped in October 2017 from a special which aired on the network earlier this year.
She sings songs from her latest album I Fall in Love Too Easily, in addition to songs from NBC’s Smash.