Sara Bareilles interview - 'Waitress is a really dark, but quirky musical'
Cooking up a storm on Broadway for the last two and a half years, Sara Bareilles’ musical Waitress is warming up for the delicious prospect of a West End run.
The musical is based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly, which follows a waitress with a passion for pies. Stuck between a rock and a hard place – her abusive alcoholic husband and the prospect of having an affair – she sees the prize money of a pie-making competition as her perfect escape plan.
Bareilles, who burst onto the scene in 2007 with her hit song “Love Song” and has since earned herself six Grammy Award nominations, is a self-confessed musical theatre geek, having appeared in the live broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar on US TV earlier this year.
On a recent trip to London to launch Waitress in the West End, we sat down with Bareilles to pick her brains about the show, what it will take for the actor taking on the central role, and what it’s like bringing the show to London.
Waitress tickets are available now.