Yesterday on our Tony Award Highlight, we featured this season’s force-to-be-reckoned-with Hamilton. Today, we’re highlighting a softer, more subtler show: Sara Bareilles’ Waitress.
Waitress is a musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, and a book by Jessie Nelson. Based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly, the musical tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress in an unhappy marriage to her husband Earl. When Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant she begins an affair with her gynecologist Dr. Jim Pomatter. Looking for ways out she sees a pie contest and its grand prize as her chance.
Stage rights to the film were purchased in 2007, whilst the musicals creative team was assembled by 2013. The original production of Waitress premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge in August 2015, with direction by Diane Paulus and choreography by Chase Brock, and starring Jessie Mueller, Drew Gehling and Joe Tippett as Jenna, Jim and Earl, respectively. It made its Broadway debut at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24, 2016 following previews that began on March 25, 2016. A US tour is scheduled for 2017. (Wikipedia)
I have not had the privilege of seeing Waitress, but from what I’ve heard, it’s a beautiful sleeper hit. My good friend Dominic (over at Everyday Broadway) saw the show, and he hosts a wonderful medley of Waitress articles over on his blog. To read all of his articles, click here.
Waitress is nominated in the following categories:
- Best Musical
- Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Sara Bareilles
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Jessie Mueller
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Christopher Fitzgerald
To learn more about the show, take a look at our video clips or visit the show’s official website.