'American Idol' Stars Katherine McPhee & David Cook Are (Separately) Heading to Broadway This Spring!

February 15, 2018

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Two American Idol stars are heading to Broadway this spring!

Katherine McPhee is making her Broadway debut this spring! McPhee, who was the runner up on season five of Idol, will take over the lead role of Jenna in the Broadway musical WaitressSara Bareilles is currently starring in that role. Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics for the highly successful show, which opened in April 2016. 

Waitress (based on a 2007 movie of the same name) tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress, who unexpectedly becomes pregnant after an affair with her gynecologist.  

Bareilles shared the exciting news about her successor on Instagram earlier this week (February 14):

I’m passing a pie to @katharinemcphee! So excited for her to start her shift at the diner as Jenna on April 10. #waitressmusical

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Meanwhile, the season seven winner of American Idol, David Cook, be strapping on a pair of red high heels for his Broadway debut this spring.

Cook will step into the role of Kinky Boot’s lead character, Charlie Price, for a limited engagement starting on April 3. He will stay in the role through May 5. Cook will succeed Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters fame who is currently starring in the role.

Kinky Boots tells the story of a factory owner, Charlie Price, who forms an unlikely partnership with a drag queen, Lola, to produce a line of high-heeled boots to save the business.

Gonna be trying a different stage outfit this spring! Excited to join the cast of @kinkybootsbway ! #linkinbio #GetThoseTicketsWhileTheyAreHot

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By the way, David's new EP Chromance drops tomorrow (February 16).

Cook will be joined another super star on stage in Kinky Boots. Wayne Brady will return in the role of Lola from March 5 through May 1.