The Verdict: Read Reviews of Sara Bareilles' Broadway-Bound Waitress

The Verdict   The Verdict: Read Reviews of Sara Bareilles' Broadway-Bound Waitress
Sara Bareilles' new musical Waitress officially opened Aug. 20 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. While still in previews at A.R.T., the musical announced that it will move to Broadway this coming spring.
 Jessie Mueller in Waitress
Jessie Mueller in Waitress Jeremy Daniel

Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus with choreography by Chase Brock, the A.R.T. cast is led by Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) as Jenna, Jeanna de Waal as Dawn, Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Dakin Matthews as Joe, Keala Settle as Becky, Eric Anderson as Cal, Jeremy Morse as Ogie and Joe Tippett as Earl. The Broadway cast will be announced at a later date.

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.


Boston Arts Diary

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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 Bareilles. Waitress will be produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.

How Jessie Mueller Became Sara Bareilles' "Soul Mate" on Waitress

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."

Ensemble members in A.R.T. are Charity Angel Dawson, David Jennings, Corey Mach, Ragan Pharris, Cullen R. Titmas and Stephanie Torns. Swings are Emily Afton and Ben Sidell.

"Exposed and Raw," Writing Waitress Moved Sara Bareilles to Tears

Broadway previews begin in March 2016, and opening night is scheduled for April at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where It Shoulda Been You just closed, and where Spring Awakening will play a limited run starting in September. Precise dates have not yet been announced.

Tickets for the A.R.T. production are available by visiting Broadway tickets are not yet on sale.

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

Loeb Drama Center is located at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge.

ART has posted the first sizzle video from the production. It features Mueller, Settle and other cast members, plus director Diane Paulus, at rehearsals:

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