Two Local Young Actresses Cast as "Lulu" for the Madison Engagement July 24-29, 2018
WAITRESS, the Tony-nominated musical which opens Tuesday, July 24 at Overture Center, has cast two young area actresses to take on the role of “Lulu” during Madison’s premiere engagement.
Rosalie Manson, 5, of La Crosse, Wis., and Addie Manthey, 4, of Sun Prairie, Wis., will each make their stage debut alternating 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 Overture Center on Wednesday, June 20. Over 40 girls participated in 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 five-year-old girl chosen will perform in four performances each during the one-week engagement.
“We are so excited to be working with two local girls for the role of Lulu in WAITRESS at Overture Center,” commented the show’s Assistant Director, Susanna Wolk. “I was blown away by the enthusiasm and creativity of everyone who came to audition and am thrilled that Addie and Rosalie will be joining our cast. We know they will each bring a unique presence to the show while helping us tell this joyful story.”
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).
Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved film, the musical tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker – who 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.
Tickets are now available for WAITRESS at the Overture Center box office (201 State Street), by visiting overture.org, or by calling 608.258.4141. Group orders of ten or more may be placed by calling 608.258.4159.
WAITRESS is part of the Broadway at Overture Series, presented by Lexus of Madison and Broadway Across America with additional support from Rare Steakhouse and media partner WMTV-NBC15.
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