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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)
14 images
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.

Music & Lyrics by Sara Bareilles, with a Book by Jessie Nelson based on the screenplay by Adrienne Shelley
Barry & Fran Weissler and Norton & Elayne Herrick
Diane Paulus
Christopher Akerlind
Jonathan Deans
Scott Pask
Lorin Latarro
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
January 5, 2020

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

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

Katharine McPhree as Jenna
Katharine McPhee returns to Waitress for the final weeks on Broadway
November 25, 2019

"Opening Up" for a final shift on Broadway! "American Idol" and "Smash" star Katharine McPhee reprises the leading role of Jenna in the hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre tonight and is scheduled to perform for the remainder of its Broadway run through January 5, 2020. Grammy Award nominee and "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks and NBC's "TODAY Show" star Al Roker both played their final performances as Jenna and Old Joe, respectively, on November 24, 2019.

Al Roker
Al Roker returns to the Broadway production of Waitress
November 1, 2019

NBC's "TODAY Show" star Al Roker checks into the diner at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for a second shift as Old Joe in Broadway's hit musical Waitress tonight. Roker will remain with the production through November 24, 2019.

Katharine McPhee as Jenna
Katharine McPhee will return for the final weeks of Waitress on Broadway
October 31, 2019

Back for a final shift at the diner! "American Idol" and "Smash" star Katharine McPhee is set to reprise the leading role of Jenna in Broadway's hit musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from November 25, 2019, and will remain with the production for the remainder of its Broadway run through January 5, 2020.

Drew Gehling in Waitress
Drew Gehling returns for final shift at Waitress on Broadway
October 30, 2019

Original company member Drew Gehling returns to the role of Dr. Pomatter in the hit Broadway musical Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre tonight and is scheduled to remain with the production for the remainer of its Broadway run through January 5, 2020. This marks Gehling's fifth and final shift at the diner. He made his Broadway debut as Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys and also starred as Warren Smith in the Broadway premiere of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

Al Roker as Joe and Jordin Sparks as Jenna in Waitress
Al Roker sets Broadway return to Waitress, as Jordin Sparks extends her run
October 10, 2019

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.

Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks returns to Broadway to star in Waitress
September 16, 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.

Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks will return to Broadway to star in Waitress
August 21, 2019

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.

Colleen Ballinger & Todrick Hall
Colleen Ballinger & Todrick Hall debut in Waitress on Broadway
August 20, 2019

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.

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.