Former Busted star Matt Willis to appear in Waitress
FORMER Busted star Matt Willis will appear in the hit romantic musical Waitress when it arrives in Southampton in May.
He will return to the cast as Dr. Pomatter in the show, which runs at the Mayflower Theater from May 24-28.
Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert small-town baker, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s newest doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer up their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This beautiful musical celebrates friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie.
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Matt Willis is best known as bassist and co-vocalist of the two-time Brit Award-winning band Busted, which released four UK No. 1 singles, two platinum albums and sold over four million albums. albums in the UK.
In 2006, Willis won the sixth series of the ITV reality series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, and went on to co-present the ITV2 spin-off show with his wife Emma. In 2014, Willis starred as Garth Stubbs in the revived ITV sitcom Birds of a Feather and Luke Riley in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders.
No stranger to the musical theater stage, his West End credits include ‘Fiyero’ in Wicked, ‘Nick Hurley’ in Flashdance and ‘Bob Cratchit’ in A Christmas Carol.
He joins Chelsea Halfpenny, of Byker Grove, Emmerdale and Casualty, as Jenna. Chelsea recently made her West End debut as “Judy Bernly” in 9 to 5 The Musical.
Waitress is based on the 2007 film written by Adrienne Shelly. Music and lyrics are written by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.
With a book by Jessie Nelson, direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and choreography by Lorin Latarro, Waitress has won numerous awards and nominations in America and the UK, to critical and audience acclaim.
The show has appeared on Broadway, in the West End and on tour in North America, Japan, Australia and Holland.
Tickets are on sale at mayflower.org.uk or 02380 711811.