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'Waitress' is Headed to Broadway

By Nora Dominick ’17/Emertainment Monthly Assistant Stage Editor

Jessie Mueller in Waitress. Photo Credit: Evgenia Eliseeva/ A.R.T
Jessie Mueller in Waitress. Photo Credit: Evgenia Eliseeva/ A.R.T

Get your pie pans ready and breakout your favorite pie recipe because Waitress is headed to Broadway this spring.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a pregnant waitress living in the south. Jenna is trapped in an abusive marriage and is looking for her happy ending. She eventually finds relief by making creatively-titled pies and forming a romance with Dr. Joe Pomatter, a newcomer to town.

Waitress is based on the 2007 movie starring Keri Russell (The Americans) and Nathan Fillion (Castle). The musical is written by  Jessie Nelson and includes music and lyric by Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles.

The new musical will take on Broadway this spring at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Previews are scheduled to begin in March 2016 with opening night slated for April 2016. Waitress will inhabit the theatre after the much anticipated Spring Awakening revival that will run from September 2015 until January 2016.

Waitress is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA until September 27, 2015 and stars Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller as Jenna, Eric Anderson as Cal, Keala Settle as Becky Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter and Jeanna de Waal as Dawn. The new musical is directed by Tony Award winner and A.R.T native Diane Paulus and is already turning heads in Boston.

More details on Waitress transferring to Broadway are sure to come to light in upcoming months but for now get ready to cook up a great big celebration pie because Waitress is coming to Broadway!

Waitress is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. For more information and tickets visit: http://americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/waitress

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