Waitress

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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)

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Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
Categories: 
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About Waitress:

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.

By:
Music & Lyrics by Sara Bareilles, with a Book by Jessie Nelson based on the screenplay by Adrienne Shelley
Producer:
Barry & Fran Weissler and Norton & Elayne Herrick
Director:
Diane Paulus
Lighting:
Christopher Akerlind
Sound:
Jonathan Deans
Design:
Scott Pask
Choreography:
Lorin Latarro
Costume:
Suttirat Larlarb
Cast list:
Katharine McPhee (as Jenna), Drew Gehling (as Dr. Pomatter), Natasha Yvette Williams (as Becky), Caitlin Houlahan (as Dawn), Ben Thompson (as Earl), Benny Elledge (as Cal), and Christopher Fitzgerald (as Ogie)
Waitress Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 25, 2016
Opening date: 
April 24, 2016
Closes: 
January 5, 2020
MatineeEvening
Monday-7pm
Tuesday--
Wednesday-7pm
Thursday-7pm
Friday2pm8pm
Saturday2pm8pm
Sunday-7pm

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Address:
256 West 47th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street or 50th Street stations

Latest Waitress News & Features

Sara Bareilles
Waitress sets Broadway closing date
July 16, 2019

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.

Shoshana Bean & Katharine McPhee
5 Questions from Over the Pond: Shoshana Bean & Katharine McPhee
May 24, 2019

The hit Broadway musical Waitress has had no shortage of fabulous leading ladies serving up scrumptious performances as the show's leading lady, Jenna.

Our Waitress Review

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.