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Next Jenna in Waitress#1
Posted: 10/6/18 at 5:08pm

Can it please be Jennifer Nettles?

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Next Jenna in Waitress#2
Posted: 10/6/18 at 10:30pm

They're not sure yet about the next Jenna - Nicolette might be extending and then someone else (it's a good choice) will be being ushered in after her. Dates are still being worked out, I have friends in the cast.

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Next Jenna in Waitress#3
Posted: 10/6/18 at 10:41pm

I don't know.  But Lindsay Mendez would be fantastic in this role and i would absolutely go back to see that.

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Next Jenna in Waitress#4
Posted: 10/7/18 at 12:09am
Nicolette has no end date as of right now.
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Posted: 10/7/18 at 12:46am

Yeah she does: October 28th! She is in negotiations to extend. 

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Next Jenna in Waitress#6
Posted: 10/7/18 at 10:05am
According to my friend who works for the production, she has no end date. So I dunno.
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Next Jenna in Waitress#7
Posted: 10/7/18 at 10:40am
I hope Nicolette extends, she’s incredible as Jenna!
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Next Jenna in Waitress#8
Posted: 10/7/18 at 11:15am

how can she not have an end date if everything says till october 28th?

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Next Jenna in Waitress#9
Posted: 10/7/18 at 11:18am

I've heard that Nicolette is extending through the end of the year.

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Next Jenna in Waitress#10
Posted: 10/7/18 at 2:41pm

LarryD2 said: "I've heard that Nicolette is extending through the end of the year."

 

yes! I'm also all for giving Stephanie Torns an extended run as Jenna. Like several months long.

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Next Jenna in Waitress#11
Posted: 10/7/18 at 3:23pm
So Nicolette extending to the end of the year also means she’s closing out the show, right?
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Next Jenna in Waitress#12
Posted: 10/7/18 at 4:06pm
I know someone in the show as well - they said production was going to give Stephanie a few weeks and then bring a “name” in, but plans fell through and Nicolette is extending. Which is great news as she is too good to have such a limited run.
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Next Jenna in Waitress#13
Posted: 10/7/18 at 4:13pm
Especially for the holidays, they need a star. Nicolette is amazing in the show, but with the only person in the cast with name recognition is Al roker, thats a problem.
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Next Jenna in Waitress#14
Posted: 10/7/18 at 4:14pm
No matter how well regarded she may be, she is not making the show any money. The show has built itself a celebrity crutch, and needs one to survive. They’ll have to find a name, or the show will close from money or pressure from other shows needing a home. Really hoping Sara returns to close it out, as I didn’t care for Nicolettes performance at all.
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Next Jenna in Waitress#15
Posted: 10/7/18 at 4:18pm

Probably would never happen, but Lea Michele as Jenna and Darren Criss as Dr. Pottamer would sell so well. 

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Posted: 10/7/18 at 4:19pm

anislander said: "Probably would never happen, but Lea Michele as Jenna and Darren Criss as Dr. Pottamer would sell so well."

I don’t want to like this idea...but this would actually be fantastic. 

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Next Jenna in Waitress#17
Posted: 10/7/18 at 5:29pm

anislander said: "Probably would never happen, but Lea Michele as Jenna and Darren Criss as Dr. Pottamer would sell so well."

Please keep both of them as far away as possible. 

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Next Jenna in Waitress#18
Posted: 10/7/18 at 5:36pm
So, guess it’s closing up shop soon?
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Posted: 10/7/18 at 5:56pm
It sounds like no one is coming in, so my guess is Sara or Jessie will come back and this thing will close in early January. I dont see them lasting, even if they got a star, it would have to be a very well known name or it wont matter
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Next Jenna in Waitress#20
Posted: 10/7/18 at 6:06pm

Nic herself has said October 28th.  So has any advertising she has been on.  So have all her famous friends going to see her.  It's October 28th until they announce an extension.  But, she has not said anything yet nor has anyone else.  Does anyone know who the next Dawn and Ogie are?

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Next Jenna in Waitress#21
Posted: 10/7/18 at 6:10pm

anislander said: "Probably would never happen, but Lea Michele as Jenna and Darren Criss as Dr. Pottamer would sell so well."

I have some issues with Lea Michele, but she is talented. I would easily go see this show again for this duo, and they have amazing chemistry which would be incredible. Now I can't get this idea out of my head.. 

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Next Jenna in Waitress#22
Posted: 10/7/18 at 6:11pm

Would be great casting ^^

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Posted: 10/7/18 at 6:11pm

LuPita2 said: "Nic herself has said October 28th. So has any advertising she has been on. So haveall her famous friends going to see her. It's October 28th until they announce an extension. But, she has not said anything yet nor has anyone else. Does anyone know who the next Dawn and Ogie are?"

Lenne Klingaman and Alex Wyse 

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Next Jenna in Waitress#24
Posted: 10/7/18 at 6:14pm

Thank you!

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Posted: 10/7/18 at 7:18pm

VotePeron said: "No matter how well regarded she may be, she is not making the show any money. The show has built itself a celebrity crutch, and needs one to survive. They’ll have to find a name, or the show will close from money or pressure from other shows needing a home. Really hoping Sara returns to close it out, as I didn’t care for Nicolettes performance at all."

I had similar feelings about Nicolette as well when I saw her last week. Her SUTBM was v emotional but the performance overall (and show as a whole also) just felt a bit flat. And jmo obviously but I don’t think she’s vocally as strong as the other Jennas (Disclaimer: I’ve not seen Stephanie). The theater was by no means full though so that was probably a factor too .... like you say, I agree they probably do need a name now, but I don’t think that’s so easy to do. They need to be famous enough (with the requisite singing talent to sing the score) to make a difference to the box office receipts, but anyone really famous probably wouldn’t do the show. Sara is an exception obviously. 

As for how well the show needs to do to survive, idk what is profitable for them, so it’s hard to know. I can’t imagine it’s a super expensive musical to run as the set isn’t too elaborate and the cast is relatively small so maybe it’s current box office receipts are still acceptable. But they’re the lowest they’ve ever been right now, and have dropped over 30% the last 5 or 6 weeks. I’m sure the ptb must be a little concerned. Hopefully things will pick up in the next few weeks because I’d miss this show so much if it goes Next Jenna in Waitress