Amanda Kloots took the stage at the Barrymore Theater Thursday night during the opening night of Waitress in tribute to her late husband Nick Cordero, who died last year due to complications from COVID-19.
The performance marked the return of the musical amid the reopening of Broadway in the fall, more than a year after the industry shut down due to the rapid global spread of the coronavirus pandemic. After being introduced to the crowd during the curtain call by WaitressSara Bareilles, lead actress, songwriter, and lyricist, the duo and cast began singing Cordero’s original song “Live Your Life,” inviting the audience to sing along.
The harmonious and moving tribute followed the announcement that the musical would honor the late and beloved actor, who passed away in July 2020, in a special way, and attendees during the first night of the show’s limited Broadway run are among the first to see. that.
That honor came in the form of a cake name, specifically, “A Large Slice of Live Your Life Pie,” which would become a permanent fixture on the diner menu board. In addition, both the Broadway show, which is scheduled to run until January 2022, and the national tour will permanently feature a line that will refer to “Live Your Life Pie,” confirmed a representative of the show to The Aabbanibi.
Cordero joined the cast of Waitress in March 2016, originating the role of Earl, Jessie Mueller’s Jenna’s inactive husband, for the show’s run on Broadway before leaving to join the Broadway premiere of A tale from the Bronx in November of that same year. The Tony-nominated Cordero was both a Theater World Awards and Outer Critics Circle winner, and appeared in several Broadway, off-Broadway and touring productions, including Rock of Ages and Bullets Over Broadway, for which he received Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations.
Kloots, who is currently a co-host of the CBS daytime show The conversation, shared his excitement for the tribute before the show’s opening night. “BROADWAY IS BACK with a” big slice of the Live Your Life cake. “She wrote in an Instagram post.” I’m heading to New York for a very special opening night that will honor Nick !! Thank you all. the cast and crew of @waitressmusical for this special invite and tribute to the original Earl. I’m pretty sure I’ll cry the entire show, but I can’t wait to be there. “
Kloots had been publicly recounting her husband’s experience with COVID-19, which was originally diagnosed in late March 2020 as what was thought to be pneumonia. The Canadian actor and Broadway star spent weeks in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was placed in a medically induced coma before having his right leg amputated. The family expected Cordero to receive a double lung transplant before Kloots confirmed his death, at age 41, on July 5, 2020.
The musical’s Instagram also held the tribute ahead of the Broadway production’s opening night. “This week, we honor the memory of our beloved cast member Nick Cordero. His wife @AmandaKloots visited the restaurant when we unveiled the “Live Your Life Pie” sign. This special cake name, and moment on the show, will be a permanent part of all Waitress productions around the world. “