Max Kumangai

Max Kumangai was one of the original ensemble cast in Waitress the Musical on Broadway, as well as an understudy Joe and Cal. Max left the show on 25 February 2018.

Max has appeared in film and TV, including appearances on “Boardwalk Empire” and “Vinyl.” He took a break from Waitress to go onto star in the off-Broadway run of “Jagged Little Pill,” also directed by Diane Paulus. Diane said of Max: “Max is one of the most creative and generous souls I have ever worked with. He is a dream member of any company – he brings out the best in everyone.”

After the off-Broadway production of Jagged Little Pill closed, Max headed out on the First National Tour of Waitress and spent three months teaching the show to new cast members.

He also appeared in the Broadway production of Jagged Little Pill, before returning to the Broadway restaging of Waitress in 2021. Max reprised his ensemble and understudies role in 2022 US Residencies.

Selected Previous Credits


  • Jagged Little Pill
  • What’s That Smell?, Tour


  • Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Old Globe
  • Hair, Old Globe
  • The Scottsboro Boys, Old Globe
  • Honeymoon in Vegas, Paper Mill
NameMax Kumangai
FromSpokane, Washington
TrainedNorth Central High School
RoleEnsemble Broadway
Ensemble Broadway Restaging
Ensemble 2022 Residencies