Waitress on Broadway - Tickets - Show Summary - Photos
Waitress - Show Summary Waitress is a new musical based on the 2007 film of the same name. The music and lyrics to the musical are written by Sara Bareilles, the five-time Grammy nominee whose hit singles have included “Love Song,” “King of Anything,” “Uncharted,” and “Gonna Get Over You.” In addition to selling over two million albums, Bareilles has serves as a celebrity judge for NBC’s “The Sing Off.” The book is by Jessie Nelson, who wrote and directed the film I Am Sam. The Broadway show is directed by Diane Paulus, whose other Broadway directing credits include Finding Neverland, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, and Hair.
Waitress, the film, originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007, shortly after the passing of its writer and director, Adrienne Shelly. Waitress had a pre-Broadway engagement at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts in late 2015, where Diane Paulus serves as the artistic director. The show continues to Broadway, where it begins previews in March 2016 and opens in April 2016.
Set in a small-town diner, this show depicts a waitress, Jenna, who dreams of breaking free from the chains of her unhappy marriage. She yearns to begin a new life elsewhere but the timing could not be more difficult as she soon discovers that she is pregnant with her husband's child, right when she is ready to make the transition.
This show has the makings of a delightful and moving Broadway treat. It is sure to be an enjoyable and worthwhile evening at the theatre.
Noteworthy Dates For The Show Previews Begin: 03/25/16
Show Opens: 04/24/16
Show Closes: Open Ended
Number of Performances: 8 shows per week
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What Is Waitress Like? Waitress is the story of a young woman named Jenna, who works as a waitress in a small-town diner and is in a very unhappy marriage. Unfortunately, she is pregnant with her husband's child, so she is stuck in the marriage for now. Her private pleasure is baking pies as she works at the local diner, and when a nearby county offers a baking contest, she decides to take part. She then must decide between her newfound opportunity for freedom and the commitment she has made to her family. Also, the town gets a new doctor, which offers her new romantic possibilities. The role of Jenna is played in the American Repertory Theater production by Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony Award for her lead performance in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Is Waitress Good for Kids? This show is recommended for ages 14 and up. It would be most appropriate for high school students and mature middle school students, as there are themes of spousal abuse and sexuality. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Jessie Mueller plays Jenna
Christopher Fitzgerald plays Ogie
Charity Angel Dawson plays Becky
William Popp plays Earl
Eric Anderson plays Cal
Drew Gehling plays Dr. Pomatter
Caitlin Houlahan plays Dawn
Dakin Matthews plays Joe
Kimiko Glenn plays Dawn (Past)
Keala Settle plays Becky (Past)
A.R.T Cast Members:
Jessie Mueller plays Jenna, Jeanna de Waal plays Dawn, Drew Gehling plays Dr. Pomatter, Dakin Matthews plays Joe, Keala Settle plays Becky, Eric Anderson plays Cals, Jeremy Morse plays Ogie and Joe Tippett plays Earl.
Diane Paulus (Direction)
Scott Pask (Scenic Design)
Suttrirat Larlarb (Costume Design)
Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design)
Jonathan Deans (Sound Design)
Lorin Latarro (Choreographer)
Jessie Nelson (Book)
Other Credits: Sara Bareillis (Lyrics + Music)
Producers: Fran Weissler
Barry Weissler Elayne Herrick
This show is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission
General Manager: National Artists Management Company (NAMCO)
Company Manager: Eduardo Castro at National Artists Management Company (NAMCO)
Musical Supervisor: Nadia Di Giallonardo
Casting Director: Patrick Goodwin at Telsey + Company
Press Agent: Boneau Bryan-Brown
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Advertising Representative: SPOTCo
Adrienne Shelly's Death
The movie version of Waitress was written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, who also played a supporting role in the film. The movie was ultimately picked up by Fox Searchlight. Shelly did not live to see the success of her movie (and later the Broadway show) because she was found murdered in her West Village apartment on November 1, 2006. The tragic real-life story is further compounded by the fact that, at that time, she was still waiting to hear if her movie would be accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. Shelly’s death had been staged as a “suicide by hanging” by a construction worker, Diego Pillco, trying to cover up his earlier crime. Pillco was later found guilty of 1st degree manslaughter by the Supreme Court of New York City. Following Shelly’s death, her husband, Andrew Ostroy established the Adrienne Shelly Foundation to award scholarships to artistic endeavors, often for those that oppose violence against women.
Parking For This Theatre: The closest parking garages for the Brooks Atkinson Theatre are located at:
Quik Park Theater Lot
223 W 46th Street
New York, NY 10019
ICON Alva 47 Parking
257 W 47th Street
New York, NY 10019
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea.
A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.