Principal Casting Announced for Sara Bareilles' Waitress Musical, Starring Jessie Mueller

News   Principal Casting Announced for Sara Bareilles' Waitress Musical, Starring Jessie Mueller
 
Principal casting has been announced for The American Repertory Theater's upcoming production of the world premiere of Waitress, the new Sara Bareilles musical that will play the Massachusetts venue Aug. 2-Sept. 27 with an official opening Aug. 19.

Based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, the new musical has a book by Jessie Nelson and music and lyrics by Grammy winner Sara Bareilles.

Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus with choreography by Chase Brock, the cast will be led by Tony winner Jessie Mueller as Jenna, Jeanna de Waal as Dawn, Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Dakin Matthews as Joe, Keala Settle as Becky and Joe Tippett as Earl.

Jessie Mueller
Jessie Mueller Photo by Nathan Johnson

The creative team also includes set design by Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting by Ken Posner and sound by Jonathan Deans.

Waitress, according to press notes, concerns "Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, [who] 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."

Loeb Drama Center is located at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge. Tickets are currently available with subscription or membership; select single tickets will go on sale June 23 at noon. For more information visit americanrepertorytheater.org/waitress.

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