Waitress Musical Sets a Box Office Record in First Weekend

News   Waitress Musical Sets a Box Office Record in First Weekend
 
Tony-winning Beautiful star Jessie Mueller sings Sara Bareilles’ score.
 Jessie Mueller in Waitress
Jessie Mueller in Waitress Jeremy Daniel

Waitress, the new Broadway musical based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, had a blockbuster first weekend at the box office, setting a house record for a single performance the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with a gross of $145,532. Ticket prices for the new musical range $45-$260.

The production, which had been selling tickets through the summer, placed a new block of tickets on sale through January 1, 2017 that are now on sale.

Waitress began previews March 25 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and is scheduled to open on April 24.

The musical, which stars Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), has a score by five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, a book by Jessie Nelson, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

It moved to Broadway after a sold-out limited engagement at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.

There’s something about Jenna, that person, that really appealed to me. I was like, ‘Oh, I just relate to that lady. She’s just trying to figure her life out.’

Waitress , according to press notes, ”tells the story of Jenna (Mueller), 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.“

Tickets can be ordered at (877) 250-2929, online at Ticketmaster.com or via the show's Broadway website, Waitressonstage.com.


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