Waitress, the new musical based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, opened on Broadway April 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) stars in the musical, which has a score by five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, boasts an all-female creative team.
The show opened having already been nominated as Best Musical of 2015 by the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League. The show also already has a cast album in the works, scheduled for digital release June 10.
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Following a sold-out limited engagement at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, Waitress began Broadway previews March 25.
The musical features a book by Jessie Nelson, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.
Waitress , according to press notes, ”tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This new American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.“
Mueller heads the cast as Jenna with Drama Desk nominee Eric Anderson (Cal), Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero (Earl), Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Ogie), Drew Gehling (Dr. Pomatter), Kimiko Glenn (Dawn), Dakin Matthews (Joe), Tony Award nominee Keala Settle (Becky), and Charity Angél Dawson, Thay Floyd, Henry Gottfried, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Max Kumangai, Jeremy Morse, Ragan Pharris, Stephanie Torns and Ryan Vasquez.
The design team features set by three-time Tony Award-winner Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting by Tony Award-winner Christopher Akerlind and sound by Tony Award-nominee Jonathan Deans. Casting by Telsey + Company, Patrick Goodwin, C.S.A.
Waitress is being produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.