Joanna Ampil Returns to the Local Stage With Waitress

It opens in Manila on November 9.

We'll be seeing more of musical theater star Joanna Ampil this holiday season as she alternates between shows: First, in the world tour of Cats (where she reprises her role as Grizabella), and on the local stage as she takes on the part of Jenna in Waitress. The latter, a hit Broadway musical with music and lyrics by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, opens in Manila on November 9.

PHOTO BY Atlantis Theatrical Group

Adapted from an indie film of the same name, Waitress follows leading lady Jenna, a waitress at a diner with a talent for baking pies. Audiences will laugh and feel for this character as she courses through the challenges of an unhappy life as she finds her own strength again.

Ampil's role in Waitress marks her return to an Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group production, after her acclaimed performance as Frances in the 2015 staging of The Bridges of Madison County. The actress has also performed on London's West End, where she was cast in musicals such as Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Avenue Q.

PHOTO BY Atlantis Theatrical Group

Ampil's casting was a dream come true for the production's director, Bobby Garcia. He shares, "I always wanted Joanna to play Jenna, but I wasn't sure that we would be able to get her as she is still touring the world for Cats, but in a twist of fate, they were able to work her schedule out. Joanna is one of the finest musical theater performers we have in the country and it is always a joy to come into rehearsals and work with her."

Likewise, the actress is thrilled about the part, especially since she's a big Sara Bareilles fan. "It will be an exciting challenge," she says, "but the idea of being directed by Bobby once again truly excites me." She also calls the opportunity a "wonderful gift and surprise."

Alongside Ampil's Jenna are diner friends Becky and Dawn, played by Bituin Escalante and Maronne Cruz, respectively.


Waitress runs from November 9 to December 2 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Tickets, priced from P2,000 to P4,000, are available through Ticketworld

This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.phMinor edits have been made by the editors.

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