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.
“Opening Up”! Tickets are on sale now for the hit Broadway musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre!
Based on the 2007 film of the same name, distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, stage rights were purchased by producers Barry & Fran Weissler shortly after its release. The world premiere of the musical adaptation followed 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 Brooks Atkinson Theatre and find out for yourselves “What’s Inside”…
(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.
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Checking in for a second shift at the diner will be NBC's "TODAY Show" star Al Roker, as producers confirm that the popular TV personality will reprise the role of Joe in Broadway's hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Roker will play a limited engagement from November 1 through November 24, 2019.
Grammy Award nominee and "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks makes her return to the Great White Way tonight to star in Broadway's hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. As previously reported, she is set to play a limited engagement through October 27, 2019. She succeeds Alison Luff, who played her final performance in the role on September 15.
Grammy Award nominee and "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks is set to return to the Great White Way and star in Broadway's hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for a limited engagement from September 16 through October 27, 2019. She will assume the leading role of Jenna, with current cast member Alison Luff to play her final performance in the role on September 15.
YouTube sensations Colleen Ballinger and Todrick Hall join the Broadway company of the hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre tonight, as they assume the roles of Dawn and Ogie, respectively, for a limited engagement through September 15, 2019.
Welcome to the Diner! Broadway alumni Alison Luff and Mark Evans return to the Great White Way tonight to assume the roles of Jenna and Dr. Pomatter, respectively, in the hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Previous stars Shoshana Bean and Erich Bergen played their final performances in the production on July 21. Alison Luff last appeared on the Broadway stage as Rachel in the Broadway premiere of Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville in the spring of 2018. Her other Broadway credits include Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, Scandalous, Ghost The Musical, and Mamma Mia!
Opening Up... until the New Year! Producers of the hit musical Waitress have now announced a closing date of January 5, 2020 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Upon closing, the production's record-breaking run will have played a total of 33 previews and 1544 regular performances.
It Only Takes a Taste! Broadway alum Mark Evans is set to return to the Great White Way as Dr. Pomatter in the hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from July 23, 2019. He will star opposite previously announced Alison Luff, who is also set to begin performances as Jenna on July 23. Current stars Shoshana Bean and Erich Bergen are set to play their final performances in the roles of Jenna and Dr. Pomatter, respectively, on July 21.
Broadway favorite Alison Luff is set to return to the Great White Way and will be "Opening Up" as Jenna in the hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from July 23, 2019. Current star Shoshana Bean has extended her limited engagement in the leading role for an extra two weeks and will now depart the Broadway production on July 21. Ms. Luff last appeared on the Broadway stage last spring as Rachel in the Broadway premiere of Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville. Her other Broadway credits include Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, Scandalous, Ghost The Musical, and Mamma Mia!
The Broadway and social media star Todrick Hall will return to the Great White Way to star in Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. He will play the role of Ogie for a four-week engagement from August 20 through September 15, 2019. Hall will star alongside the previously announced Colleen Ballinger as Dawn, who will also star in the production for the same period.
YouTube sensation Colleen Ballinger, best known for "Miranda Sings," will officially make her Broadway debut in the hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. She is scheduled to play a four-week limited engagement as Dawn from August 20 through September 15, 2019.
You matter to us, Erich Bergen! The "Madam Secretary" star reprises the role of Dr. Pomatter in Broadway's hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre tonight, as previously reported. Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan played his final performance in the role on June 2.
The hit Broadway musical Waitress has had no shortage of fabulous leading ladies serving up scrumptious performances as the show's leading lady, Jenna.
It only took a taste and now he's back for me! Erich Bergen is set to reprise the role of Dr. Pomatter in Broadway's hit musical Waitress from June 4, 2019. He will assume the role from current star and Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, who is scheduled to depart the production on June 2. Erich Bergen is perhaps best known for his TV role as Blake Moran on CBS' "Madam Secretary." He has also played the role of Bob Gaudio in the Las Vegas and National Tour productions of Jersey Boys and repriesed the role in Clint Eastwood's 2014 film adaptation.
Opening Up for a little longer! Shoshana Bean has extended her current limited engagement in Broadway's hit musical Waitress and will remain in the leading role of Jenna until July 7, 2019. Originally scheduled to play her final performance on May 12, she previously extended her run through June 2. Her co-star Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan is currently still scheduled to depart the production on June 2.
You'll love him like a table! “The Real O’Neals” and Dear Evan Hansen star Noah Galvin joins the Broadway company of hit musical Waitress tonight, as previously reported, assuming the role of Ogie. Eddie Jemison, who originated the role in the 2007 movie, played his final performance as Ogie on April 28.
The current celebrated stars of Broadway's hit musical Waitress have extended their shifts at the diner. Shoshana Bean and Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan will now continue in the roles of Jenna and Dr. Pomatter, respectively, through to June 2, 2019 (instead of May 12). Shoshana Bean made her Broadway debut in Hairspray and later replaced Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked. Recent regional credits include the roles of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and Cee-Cee Bloom in Beaches, and her latest album "Spectrum" also landed on the top spot of the Billboard Jazz Charts.
“The Real O’Neals” and Dear Evan Hansen star Noah Galvin is set to join the Broadway company of hit musical Waitress on April 29, 2019, assuming the role of Ogie. Eddie Jemison, who originated the role in the 2007 movie, will play his final performance as Ogie on April 28, as scheduled.