Sara Bareilles' Waitress, Starring Jessie Mueller, Sets Broadway Opening Night

News   Sara Bareilles' Waitress, Starring Jessie Mueller, Sets Broadway Opening Night
Following a sold-out world-premiere production at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, Sara Bareilles' new musical, Waitress, will start Broadway previews March 25, 2016, and open April 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with Tony winner Jessie Mueller in the lead.

Mueller starred in the A.R.T. production and will recreate her role on Broadway. No other casting has been confirmed.

The show has launched its Broadway website,

The opening date will make it one of the last shows to open this season before the Tony Awards cutoff date of April 26. The Atkinson is currently home to a revival of Spring Awakening, which is playing a limited engagement there.

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Tickets for Waitress go on sale to the general public Nov. 5 at 10 AM ET by calling Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929 or online at

Jessie Mueller, Jeanna de Waal and Keala Settle
Jessie Mueller, Jeanna de Waal and Keala Settle

Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus with choreography by Chase Brock, the A.R.T. cast was led by Mueller (Tony winner for 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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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

Titled "Waitress: A First Look," the video is currently available only on Facebook.

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