NEW YORK CITY | A new theater season. A new musical to serve our entertainment needs. The musical stage version of the film, Waitress, plans to open April 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Previews begin in March 2016.
Here are the credits: Book by Jessie Nelson. Music & Lyrics by five-time Grammy Award-nominee Sara Bareilles. Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelley. Directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.
Prior to alighting at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), Waitress continues to play at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, where it runs through September 27, 2015.
What’s it all about? Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness – but Jenna must ultimately decide for herself.
Waitress owes its sweetness to the mouth-watering goodness of Jessie Mueller. As a diner waitress named Jenna, Mueller is such a honey bun, she melts us like the mounds of butter that make Jenna’s homemade pies so luscious. The musical resorts to comic overkill to create characters based on Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 indie rom-com. But Sara Bareilles has written a charming score that suits the quirky material and Mueller’s dazzling voice and endearing personality. Waitress will be produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick. — rgener
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