Al Roker to Make Broadway Debut in Waitress
Today Show co-host/weatherman Al Roker will make his Broadway debut in the musical Waitress. He’ll will appear in the role of diner owner Joe beginning October 5, playing a limited run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre through November 11. While this marks Roker’s official Broadway debut, he did appear as a mystery guest star in the Kenneth Branagh-helmed The Play What I Wrote in 2003. He is most known, however, for his various morning appearances on NBC, including as weather and feature anchor for Today and co-host of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The majority of his previous acting credits – which include 30 Rock, Will & Grace, and the Sharknado series – have involved playing versions of himself.
“I’m nervous and excited to be making my Broadway debut in such a Pie-conic show,” Roker said in a statement. “My character’s name is Old Joe, so I’ve got half of it down already. And there’s pie every night!” Composer Sara Bareilles added, “He is a longtime favorite of ours and now we get to welcome him in to a whole new world at the Brooks Atkinson where it hardly ever rains.” More details here.