Waitress opened on Broadway in the same 2015/16 season as Hamilton - so, hardly surprisingly, lost out in the Tony Awards race, including for best musical and best original score. Yet, nearly three years on from its premiere there, it is still running - a block away from Hamilton (and the only shows from that season still be doing so). It has obviously struck a chord with theatregoers - and now it has come to London (with an international roll-out still to follow in Australia and Japan). It is...
Featuring an original score by acclaimed singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles the musical is based on the motion picture of the same name written by Adrienne Shelley. After opening on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 24 April 2016, the uplifting musical has impressed audiences in America and is received its London premiere in March 2019.
Waitress the Musical began previews in London at the Adelphi from 8th February 2019, with an official opening night on 6th March 2019.
Waitress tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress who is in an unhappy marriage to her husband Earl. When she unexpectedly discovers she is pregnant, she starts an affair with her gynaecologist and begins to look for ways out of her abusive relationship, embracing her unique pie-making skills as a chance for a new life.
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The musical premiered at the American Repertory Theater (ART) in Cambridge, Massachusetts in summer 2015. Featuring direction by Diane Paulus and choreography by Chase Brock, the production starred Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller who led the cast at the Broadway opening. The production opened on Broadway in March 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it is currently running.
Based on the 2007 indie film Waitress which was written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, the stage rights for the show were purchased shortly after its release. Five-time Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles released a studio album called What's Inside: Songs from Waitress, featuring music from the show which debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard 200. The musical features an original score of songs by Bareilles, written in her light country-rock style performed each evening by a live on-stage band.
Waitress was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Original Score, Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Jessie Mueller. The production began its first US National tour in October 2018.
Waitress London Cast
The original cast of Waitress starred Katharine McPhee as Jenna Hunterson in Waitress, making her West End debut after playing Jenna on Broadway, as well as starring in NBC's Smash. McPhee was joined by a cast including Marisha Wallace as Becky, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, with Peter Hannah as Earl and David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter.
Jenna is 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.
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2hrs 35mins (including interval)
June 1st, 2020
July 4th, 2020
Cast and creative
By: Book by Jessie Nelson, Music & Lyrics by Sara Bareilles, Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelley
Songs by: Music & Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Director: Diane Paulus
Cast list: Sara Bareilles (Jenna Hunterson to 14th March), Gavin Creel (Dr Pomatter to 14th March), Evelyn Hoskins (Dawn) Joel Montague (Ogie), NaTasha Yvette Williams (Becky), Tamlyn Henderson (Earl), Andrew Boyer (Old Joe), Richard Taylor Woods (Cal), Rosemary Nkrumah (Nurse Norma), Piers Bate, Cindy Belliot, Ben Morris, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Matthew Rowland, Laura Selwood, Lucia De Wan, Mark Willshire, Madison Worley
Design: Scott Pask
Lighting: Christopher Akerlind
Costume: Suttirat Larlarb
Choreography: Lorin Latarro
Sound: Jonathan Deans
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Producers have announced that the West End production of Waitress, which opened at the Adelphi Theatre last year, has closed.In a statement posted on social media, producers said: 'It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of our beloved London production of Waitress the Musical. As you'll be aware, we've had to temporarily lower the curtain at the Adelphi Theatre and it's now unlikely that the diner will reopen once this period of uncertainty is over.'If things do change and there...
Waitress composer and Grammy Award winner Sara Bareilles and Olivier Award-winning actor Gavin Creel will appear in the West End production of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre for an extended engagement. They'll star in the show for an extra two weeks, now appearing to 21st March.Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel are "opening up" at the AdelphiBest known for her hit songs 'Love Song' and 'Brave', Bareilles reprises the role of Jenna in London, making her West end debut in the role. She's previously...
Sara Bareilles, the Tony-nominated songwriter behind the Broadway musical Waitress, is currently "Opening Up" and serving a West End debut performance at the Adelphi Theatre that's good enough to eat. Having already slipped into the waitress uniform of one Jenna Hunterson for three separate limited engagements over the pond, she's certainly no stranger to acting the role.Her performance is quietly understated and natural during the scenes of dialogue which then contrasts beautifully with her...
Approaching its one-year anniversary in the West End, Waitress follows Jenna Hunterson, a small-town woman who enters a pie-making competition in the hopes of winning a cash prize to start a new life. It's been the talk of the town in recent weeks, with Desi Oakley flown over from the US to step into the production after the lead and covers were unable to perform, proving that the show really does go on in the West End.But, it's not often that a musical's composer themself appears in their own...
Following the recent indisposition of Lucie Jones, as well as Jenna alternates Olivia Moore and Sarah O'Connor, American actress Desi Oakley will make her West End debut in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre. She will join the cast from 13th January 2020, reprising her performance from the United States touring production.Desi Oakley to join cast of WaitressBroadway actress Desi Oakley will make her West End debut as Jenna, following her performance as Jenna in the American touring production of...
The West End production of Waitress will close at the Adelphi Theatre next year. After the musical's official opening on 7th March 2019, Waitress will play its final performance on 4th July 2020.Based on Adrienne Shelly's 2007 movie of the same name, Waitress tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, whose pie-making hobby sees her enter a competition to win a large cash prize to start a new life.The musical features an original score by Sara Bareilles, who will make her West End debut as Jenna in...
Sara Bareilles will star in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre next year as Jenna Hunterson, marking her West End debut in a musical that features an original, Tony Award-nominated score written by herself. She will be joined by Gavin Creel, who will return to the West End for the first time in seven years to play Dr. Pomatter. The pair will star in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre for performances from 27th January to 7th March 2020.Best known for hit songs including 'Love Song' and 'Brave',...
YouTuber and 2018 Strictly Come Dancing contestant Joe Sugg will join the West End company of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre tonight, making his West End debut.Best known for creating YouTube video, Sugg has amassed over 8 million subscribers as well as a Netflix travel series with fellow YouTuber Caspar Lee. Sugg will take over the role of Ogie from Blake Harrison, who played his final performance on 7th September.Alongside Joe Sugg as Ogie, Tamlyn Henderson will also make his West End...
"What's Inside" this month's edition of 5 Questions from Over the Pond, you ask? Well, we've decided to serve up a slice of mouth-watering, transatlantic pie to celebrate the two current leading ladies of the West End and Broadway productions of the hit musical Waitress!Ever since the story of Jenna - a talented pie-maker, stuck in a dead-end waitressing job and a loveless, abusive marriage - crossed the pond and began performances at London's Adelphi Theatre on 8th February 2019, audiences have...
It has been announced that Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts will join the cast of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre.Jones will take over the role of Jenna from Katharine McPhee. After competing on The X Factor in 2009, Jones has enjoyed a decade-long theatre career, playing Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Emma in Ghost the Musical and Cosette in Les Miserables. In 2017, she sang for the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Never Give Up on You", placing 15th in the...
It has been announced that Katharine McPhee will play the role of Jenna Hunterson in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre with a final performance in June.McPhee originated the role of Jenna in the show's West End premiere, which began previews on 8th February before an opening night on 7th March.Waitress marks McPhee's West End debut, reprising her performance as Jenna from the Broadway production in 2018. Katharine McPhee will star in Waitress until 15th June where she will make her last...
Full casting for the upcoming West End premiere of the Broadway musical Waitress, which opens at the Adelphi Theatre next month, has announced.The cast is led by Katharine McPhee, best known for her role in the US musical comedy series Smash. She plays Jenna Hunterson, a waitress with a passion for pie-making and a troubled personal life.McPhee is joined by Marisha Wallace who recently completed her run in the musical Dreamgirls, David Hunter who recently starred in Kinky Boots also at the...
After baking up a storm on Broadway, Waitress has come out of the oven to the West End’s Adelphi Theatre. In a musical that’s full of friendship and good pie, we take a look at the cast and the music in the show. ## Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre Inspired by the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress who enters a pie competition in order to give her baby the best start in life. The film was then adapted for the stage, with the book by Jessie Nelson...
Hit Broadway musical Waitress is set to cook up a storm next year when it makes the leap across the pond and gets its West End premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in February, and we're licking our lips just thinking about it.With music by "Love Song" singer Sara Bareilles, the adaptation of the 2007 film of the same name follows Jenna Hunterson, a waitress with a passion for baking, but is trapped in an abusive relationship with her husband Earl. A number of twists and turns see Jenna tangled in a...