From 19 Oct 2021 to 24 Nov 2021
Waitress is a musical that will leave you fahklempt, because of Sarah Bareilles’ sublime music, but seriously unsatisfied with the decision to overstuff this story.
Waitress is opening up on Broadway again! Sara Bareilles will reprise the role of Jenna in Waitress at the Barrymore Theatre. Waitress tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.
Based on the 2007 film of the same name, distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the Waitress musical had its world premiere in 2015, officially opening at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 19, and upon receiving wide praise and acclaim, a Broadway transfer was secured for the following spring. The musical officially opened at New York’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016, following previews from March 25.
One of the dominant themes in Waitress is female empowerment and the production aptly made Broadway history upon opening by becoming the first ever Broadway musical to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, choreography by Lorin Latarro, direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus and a score by Tony and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.
Ms. Bareilles, who had previously received Grammy nominations for “Love Song” and her album “The Blessed Unrest” among others, also released her own studio recording in 2015 entitled “What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress”. Her involvement with the production – her first professional foray into the world of musical theatre – garnered a great deal of media attention, which was only heightened when the singer made her Broadway debut in the musical herself, taking over the lead role of Jenna from original cast member Tony winner Jessie Mueller on March 31, 2017. Packed houses celebrated Bareilles for the entirety of the limited engagement through to June 11, 2017.
Waitress earned a total of four Tony nominations in 2016, including “Best Musical” and “Best Original Score Written for the Theatre” for Bareilles. The Broadway cast recording also earned her a further Grammy nomination in 2017 in the category of “Best Musical Theater Album”.
Waitress’ emotionally driven narrative is complimented by lashings of comic relief through the hilarious antics of Jenna’s workmates – Dawn and Becky – and of Dawn’s pseudo-stalker-ish suitor Ogie, who confesses “I Love You Like A Table”. In addition, Jenna’s pie creations have also become the tasty trademarks of the show along with their imaginative names like the Deep (Sh*t) Dish Blueberry Bacon Pie. And to set the tone, the lobby of the theatre is engulfed with the delicious scent of baking Apple pie, when you enter the building. “Sugar, Butter, Flour…” yes, please!
Waitress is the feel-good show that offers the world a scrumptious, musical slice of Americana to satisfy your theatrical appetites, so head on down to the Barrymore Theatre and find out for yourselves what's inside.
Tickets to Waitress are available now. Book Waitress tickets on New York Theatre Guide today.
(Header photo by Matthew Murphy / Production photos by Jeremy Daniel & Joan Marcus)
Jenna is a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, Jenna fears she may have to abandon the dream of opening her own pie shop forever… until a baking contest in a nearby county and the town's handsome new doctor offer her a tempting recipe for happiness. Supported by her quirky crew of fellow waitresses and loyal customers, Jenna summons the secret ingredient she’s been missing all along – courage.
UPDATE: In addition to Nettles, McQueen, and Blanchet, two new casting announcements have been made. Nik Dodani and Ben Thompson will take over the roles of Ogie and Earl, respectively, beginning October 19. Everything changes — including Jennas! Waitress has announced that Jennifer Nettles will step into the musical's leading role from October 19. She follows Waitress composer/lyricist Sara Bareilles, who is currently playing the role of Jenna in a limited engagement through October 17.
Waitress became one of the first musicals to reopen Broadway last night, with its first performance at the Barrymore Theatre dedicated to the memory of original cast member Nick Cordero. Cordero was a Broadway actor and musician who died in July 2020 of complications from Covid-19.
With the news that Broadway theatres can reopen at full capacity from Sept. 14, 2021, details on upcoming productions are being released.
The hit Broadway musical Waitress has had no shortage of fabulous leading ladies serving up scrumptious performances as the show's leading lady, Jenna.