Ciara Renée Will Join WAITRESS as Jenna This November


Ciara Renée | Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty

Kobi Kassal
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November 2, 2021 11:05 AM

New Jenna Alert!!! Earlier this morning, it was announced that Broadway’s Ciara Renée will take over the role of Jenna in Waitress from Jennifer Nettles beginning November 29, 2021. The current production is playing a limited engagement through January 9, 2022.

Renée most recently starred as the first BIPOC actress to play Elsa in Disney’s Frozen on Broadway before the shutdown last year. Previously, Renée starred in the off-Broadway play The Wrong Man alongside Joshua Henry and Ryan Vazquez. Renée can be seen on “The Big Bang Theory” final season and recurring on Facebook’s original series “Strangers.” She has also appeared on Netflix’s “Master of None” and was previously a series regular on CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow.” Ciara originated the role of ‘The Witch’ in Big Fish and appeared in Pippin on Broadway.

The current Broadway company includes Eric Anderson (Cal), Ashley Blanchet (Dawn), Nik Dodani (Ogie), Erich Bergen (Dr. Pomatter) Dakin Matthews (Joe), Maiesha McQueen (Becky) and Ben Thompson (Earl). The ensemble is Tyrone Davis, Jr., Matt DeAngelis, Andrew Fitch, Henry Gottfried, Molly Jobe, Emily Koch, Anastacia McCleskey, Olivia Webber Olesen, Gerianne Pérez, Charlotte Surak, Curtis Thomas, Stephanie Torns and Nyla Watson.

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!