Friday, September 21, 2018

Two local girls cast as Lulu for ASU Gammage engagement of WAITRESS


Harper Wasnesky

The Tony nominated musical WAITRESS, which runs at ASU Gammage Oct 2-7, has cast two young Phoenix actresses to take on the role of “Lulu” during the engagement.

4 -year-olds Harper Wasnesky and Azra Kearns will alternate the role of “Lulu,” the daughter of the production’s main character, Jenna.

WAITRESS tells the story of “Jenna”, an expert pie baker working at a local diner and stuck in a loveless marriage.   Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, “Lulu.”

Both girls were chosen via an audition process held at ASU Gammage earlier this month. More than 60 girls signed up for the auditions, which were presided over by members of the WAITRESS company. The character of “Lulu” is cast locally in each tour market and two girls are chosen to share the role.  Each girl chosen will perform in 4 performances each during the engagement.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, WAITRESS is an irresistible new hit featuring original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin, Hair).

Azra Kearns
Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved film, the musical tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage.  A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness.  But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.  “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire.  Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

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