Is Sara Bareilles' Waitress Musical Heading to Broadway?

News   Is Sara Bareilles' Waitress Musical Heading to Broadway?
 
The new Sara Bareilles-scored musical Waitress, which will make its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in August 2015, may be headed to Broadway following its Cambridge engagement. 

Jessie Mueller workshops <i>Waitress</i>
Jessie Mueller workshops Waitress Photo by Jimmy Ryan

At last night's A.R.T. gala, Bareilles offered a preview from the forthcoming musical, and tickets to the show's Broadway opening were auctioned off to attendees.

 

Representatives for A.R.T. have not yet responded to Playbill.com's request for comment. A Broadway timeline or theatre have not yet been announced.  Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, who departs Beautiful: The Carole King Musical this week, was among the Broadway actors who took part in the A.R.T.'s recent New York City workshops of Waitress. It was previously reported by the New York Times that Mueller was participating in the workshops and had tapped Waitress as her next musical role post Beautiful.

She played the central role of Jenna, "an inventive waitress trapped in a small-town diner and a loveless marriage. Pregnant and lonely, Jenna finds relief in making creatively-titled pies — and in a budding romance with an unlikely newcomer."

The workshop cast also included Christopher Fitzgerald, Amber Iman, Bryce Pinkham, Andy Karl, Keala Settle, Dierdre Friel and Barrett Wilbert Weed, among others.

No casting for the A.R.T. premiere has been announced, and as is the case with many musicals in development, workshop participants do not reflect future casting for the production.

Playbill.com broke the news of Waitress in June 2013 when Tony Award-winning producers Barry and Fran Weissler revealed that they were collaborating with their Tony-winning Pippin director Diane Paulus on the new musical to be scored by Grammy Award nominee Bareilles.

Waitress will begin previews in Cambridge, MA, Aug. 1. Paulus is the artistic director of A.R.T.

"Corrina Corrina" screenwriter, director and producer Jessie Nelson has penned the book for Waitress.

The Weissler's Tony-winning revival of Pippin premiered at A.R.T. prior to its acclaimed Broadway arrival.

Visit americanrepertorytheater.org.

Below, Bareilles performs "She Used to Be Mine" in concert and describes how the song fits into Waitress.

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