After making a splash at the American Repertory Theater, the musical Waitress is coming to Broadway in March 2016. The lively show is based on the 2007 movie of the same name. Created by accomplished screenwriter Jessie Nelson, with music by Grammy-nominee Sara Bareilles, Waitress is a quirky, sweet and vibrant tale about falling in love, following your dreams and eating pie.
The story focuses on Jenna, a small-town diner waitress saddled with a dead-end job and an even more stagnant relationship. When Jenna discovers she’s pregnant, she fears that she’ll never be able to achieve her dream of opening up her very own pie shop. Just when all the doors seem to be closing around her, however, Jenna learns about a pie baking contest that’s taking place in a nearby town. Soon, Jenna’s story takes a delicious twist. With the help of an eccentric band of characters and an unexpected love interest, Jenna learns how to believe in herself and achieve true happiness.
Tickets and Seats
Waitress will come to life onstage at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The venue holds 1,109 and has orchestra and mezzanine seating.
Broadway previews for Waitress begin on Mar. 25, 2016, with opening night set for Apr. 24, 2016.
Waitress ran at Boston’s American Repertory Theater from Aug. 2, 2015 to Sept. 27, 2015 and earned high praise from critics.
“Jessie Mueller’s terrific performance in the new musical Waitress at the American Repertory Theater makes one hope she’ll still be starring when the show, helmed by ART artistic director Diane Paulus, debuts on Broadway next spring.The actress brings a weary gravity to the title role of the “desperately sad” Jenna, along with a luminous singing voice that makes clear why Mueller won a Tony Award last year for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical…Waitress is an empowerment fable with pie.” – The Boston Globe
“[Mueller] is funny, frisky and likable. She sings Bareilles’ songs beautifully, giving every word significance and interest even as the tunes in the second half slip increasingly into thicker sentiment…Leading the sisterhood of creatives, director Diane Paulus fills the production with clever touches – a scalloped pie-crust proscenium, a fluid and easygoing flow and a natural truthfulness in the performances.” – Variety magazine
“What’s not to like? Sex, sass, sisterhood and pie: Waitress, the new musical being birthed by American Repertory Theater (at the Loeb Drama Center through Sept. 27), has it all.” – 90.9 WBUR