The cast of Waitress brought it all back home this weekend when they (virtually) got together to pay tribute to their struggling former castmate Nick Cordero.
The Broadway star, who is recovering from having his right leg amputated due to COVID-19-related complications, was honored in the Zoom performance led by Sara Bareilles and Jessie Mueller, who got together with other Waitress stars (including Keala Settle, Kimiko Glenn, Jenna Ushkowitz and Eric Anderson) to sing Tony winner Cordero’s hopeful original song, “Live You Life.”
Other performers who made an appearance included: Fran Curry, Charity Angel Dawson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Becky Fleming, Thomas Gates, Drew Gehling, Henry Gottfried, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Molly Jobe, Claire Kean and McKenna Kean, and more. The backing track was performed by the Sugar, Butter Band — Nadia DiGiallonardo (piano), Yair Evnine (guitar, cello), Adam Kaufman (organ), Rich Mercurio (drums), Lee Nadel (bass) and Meg Toohey (guitar, slide).
“In support of Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero, who has been fighting COVID-19 since March 31, we’re proud to share one of Nick’s original songs ‘Live Your Life’ performed by his Broadway WAITRESS family,” the cast said in a statement on the YouTube page for the The Show Must Go On… Show.
“You’ve got your plans, I’ve got mine/ Who understands how stars align/ If one’s shooting past then I’ll consider it a sign/ That you’re still alive/ Live your life/ And it’s alright/ Live your life/ Like you’ve got one night,” they cast sing from their homes, with several some holding up signs wish Cordero well and showing off their temporary Cordero-inspired body art.
Cordero played Earl in the original 2016 cast of the hit show. He’s been in an intensive care unit since late March after being diagnosed with pneumonia, then testing positive for the novel coronavirus and ending up on a ventilator while in a medically induced coma, according to updates provided by his wife, Amanda Kloots.
Kloots has further reported that Cordero has been placed on dialysis to help his kidneys and had to have his right leg amputated after developing blood clots following lung surgery. On Friday, Kloots reported that two COVID-19 tests on Cordero since his leg surgery came back negative. Kloots has encouraged fans to take part in the #WakeUpNick challenge. The video ends with a plea to support the GoFundMe set up to help Cordero’s family with their medical bills.
Watch the video below.