Waitress: The Broadway Musical
Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York - Main Hall
About the Event
Prepare your senses for a slice of Broadway magic. Based on the 2007 film of the same name, Sara Bareilles’ musical follows Jenna, a pregnant, small-town diner waitress from the South. Trapped in an abusive marriage, Jenna’s escape from her bleak surroundings involves the creation of delicious, and inventively-named pies. Just the sort of thing to win Jenna a better future at a baking contest, not to mention catch the attention of the new doctor in town!
With music and lyrics both written by the five-time Grammy-nominee Bareilles, and a book by Jessie Nelson, Tony Award winner Diane Paulus directs this loving reimagining of the late Adrienne Shelly’s unexpected hit film, with its messages of hope, courage and finding your own best path. ‘Waitress’ has left countless audience members with a smile on their face, wanting a second helping!
From its spiritual home on New York’s ‘Great White Way’ the Broadway musical has been packing the audiences in for over a century. Legendary writers such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, and Stephen Sondheim, or partnerships like the Gershwins , Lerner & Loewe, Rogers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, and Boublil & Schönberg, have created spectacular vehicles for star performers – so-called ‘triple threats’, who sing, dance, and act with equal talent – and powerful ensembles alike. Running the gamut from spectacular to stark and restrained, musical theatre can be frivolous, but has a long history of tackling serious social and political issues. Always prime for reinvention, alongside Broadway’s perennial hits and classics, musical theatre has a new vigor in the twenty first century, as live-action Disney, rap and ‘jukebox’ shows light up new theaters, and attract new audiences. The Show will indeed Go On!
A romantic musical, Waitress deals with adult themes and situations, and may not be suitable for young children.
Approximate duration (min.): 150
Cast / Production
Jenna- Nicolette Robinson
Dr. Pomatter- Drew Gehling
Becky- NaTasha Yvette Williams
Ogie- Alex Wyse
Dawn- Lenne Klingaman
Josie- June Squibb
Earl- Ben Thompson
Cal- Benny Elledge
Joe- Bill Nolte
Music and Lyrics- Sara Bareilles
Book- Jessie Nelson
Director- Diane Paulus
Choreographer- Lorin Latarro
Set Designer- Scott Pask
Costume Designer- Suttirat Larlarb
Lighting Designer- Christopher Akerlind
Sound Designer- Jonathan Deans
Orchestrations- Sara Bareilles and The Waitress Band
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