Waitress the Musical
Fresh from a sold out run at Boston’s American Repertory Theatre, WAITRESS makes its highly anticipated Broadway premiere. Funny, uplifting and surprisingly poignant, this irresistible slice of life features original music and lyrics by 5 time Grammy ® nominee Sara Bareilles (Love Song), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, Jenna fears she may have to abandon the dream of opening her own pie shop forever until a baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s handsome new doctor offer her a tempting recipe for happiness. Supported by her quirky crew of fellow waitresses and loyal customers, Jenna summons the secret ingredient she’s been missing all along courage.
Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway
First Preview 25, Mar 2016
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS is an empowering celebration of friendship, motherhood and finding the strength to pursue even the wildest dreams.
Betsy Wolfe– Jenna
Christopher Fitzgerald – Ogie
Charity Angel Dawson – Becky
Eric Anderson – Cal
Drew Gehling – Dr. Pomatter
Caitlin Houaham – Dawn
Dakin Matthews – Joe
William Popp – Earl
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, it was constructed as the Mansfield Theatre by the Chanin brothers in 1926. After 1933, the theatre fell into relative disuse until 1945, when Michael Myerberg bought it and leased it to CBS for television productions. Known as CBS Studio 59, the theater played host to the long-running panel shows I’ve Got a Secret and What’s My Line?. In 1960, it was renamed after the former New York Times theater critic, Brooks Atkinson, and returned to legitimate use.In 2000, the interior was refurbished with restored decorative finishes by EverGreene Architectural Arts, and now the theatre is once again illuminated by the original chandelier that had been removed over 40 years ago. It has 1,069 seats and is one of the Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway houses.
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256 W 47th St (between Broadway & 8th Ave) New York, NY 10036
Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St; N, R to 49th St
Monday – Sat 10am-8pm Sun 12pm – 6pm
Specially priced tickets are available for patrons who are physically disabled, hearing, or visually impaired. As a courtesy, patrons are permitted to purchase one additional ticket at this price for his or her companion. These tickets, as well as wheelchair locations, are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at the theatre box office only or by calling 212.719.4099.
There are designated wheelchair and companion seats in the rear of the Orchestra section.
The Brooks Atkinson is equipped with one wheelchair accessible restroom on the Orchestra level.
Book by Jessie Nelson
Music by Sara Bareilles
Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly
Directed by Diane Paulus
Choreographed by Lorin Latarro
Scenic Design by Scott Pask
Costume Design by Suttirat Larlarb
Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner
Sound Design by Jonathan Deans
General Manager: National Artists Management Company
Musical Supervisor: Nadia DiGiallonardo
The musical is based on the 2007 indie filmWaitress. The film was produced on a budget of just $1.5 million, earning over $23 million in global box office receipts. The film starred Keri Russell, and was written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, who was murdered three months prior to the premiere of Waitress at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film followed Jenna, a waitress and pie chef living in the American South, who unexpectedly becomes pregnant and feels trapped in an unhappy marriage. Looking for ways out she sees a pie contest and its grand prize as her chance.
Following the 2013 Tony Awards, producers Barry and Fran Weissler announced that a musical version of the film was in the works, with Paula Vogel writing the book, music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and direction by Diane Paulus. The Weisslers purchased the stage rights to the film shortly after its release in 2007. Paula Vogel withdrew from the project in January 2014. On December 11, 2014, the musical was officially confirmed, and it was announced that the show would receive its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts, as part of their 2015-16 season, with Jessie Nelson now writing the book. A workshop was held the same month in New York, with Jessie Mueller, Keala Settle, Christopher Fitzgerald, Bryce Pinkham and Andy Karl, among others, taking part. Nelson, with the best wishes of the late Adrienne Shelly’s husband, used some of Shelly’s unfinished scripts to help bring “her voice” to the project.
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