Jennifer Nettles is returning to Broadway, and will show off her acting skills in the lead role of Jenna in “Waitress.” The role is currently being played by singer and “Waitress” creator Sara Bareilles; Nettles is set to begin her run on Oct. 19, and will appear in the musical through Nov. 24.

Nettles has previous stage experience, having played Roxie in the musical “Chicago”. Her latest solo album, “Always Like New,” was released in June, and includes covers of Broadway classics from “My Fair Lady,” “Hamilton,” “Oklahoma!” “Annie and more. “She Used to Be Mine,” from “Waitress,” appears on the deluxe version of the record.

Nettles said: “It is an absolute dream. There are so many layers to ‘Waitress’ that make it so meaningful to me. It is heart-warming, heart-breaking at times, and absolutely heart-inspiring. I’m thrilled to be able to finally get to wear the apron.”

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