Running since March 2016 Tony winner Jessie Mueller stars in a new musical based on the 2007 motion picture that celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the courage it takes to pluck a long abandoned dream off the shelf.
From the producers: 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" had its sold-out world-premiere production at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, the new musical has music and lyrics by Grammy winner Sara Bareilles.
Casting Note: Tony Winner Jessie Mueller will play her final performance 3/26. Beginning 3/31, composer-lyricist Sara Bareilles will assume the role of Jenna. Bareilles is scheduled to continue in the role for 10 weeks, through 6/11.
Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus ("Pippin"), the cast is led by Tony winner Jessie Mueller ("Beautiful: The Carole King Musical"), who also appeared in the American Repertory Theater production.
[A] sweet slice of a show that shines with the help of Mueller...filled with sweet, quirky touches. Bareilles has crafted an upbeat, tuneful score. "Waitress" is warm and endearing, but it yearns to go somewhere it can't quite get to. Luckily, the sweetest moments are filling enough.
Terrific songs...intimate, understated direction...and a powerhouse performance by Mueller. Bareilles proves adept at writing for different characters and styles. [The] script sometimes drifts toward icky sweetness but always seems to quickly cut it with a dash of vinegar.