Waitress in the West End

5 of the most delicious songs from the Broadway production of Waitress

Will Longman
Will Longman

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 complex web of relationships, until she sees the grand prize of a pie contest as her best means of escape.

The musical is Bareilles' first, and earned her a Tony nomination for Best Original Score following the Broadway premiere in 2016. In preparation of the London premiere, tickets for which go on sale this autumn, we've listed some of our favourite songs from the hugely relatable soundtrack to whet your appetite below.

Waitress is at the Adelphi Theatre from February 2019, with tickets on sale this autumn. 

"Opening Up"

In Bareilles' distinctive pop style, this first act number introduces us to Jenna's life working at Joe's Diner, in a small Southern town with fellow waitresses Dawn and Becky. Full of silky, multi-layered harmonies and restrained melodies, "Opening Up" settles you in for a fun, but full-on emotional experience. Don't let this upbeat number fool you; you're going to need tissues at the ready.

"She Used to Be Mine"

This is the show's tear-jerker. As Jenna's life takes turns leaving her almost unrecognisable from the woman she once was, she sings of her struggles and the losing her sense of self. Bareilles released her version of the song in 2015, and it was described as "delicate, nostalgic and wonderfully theatrical" by Entertainment Weekly, and "one of the most relatable songs ever" by Bustle

"Bad Idea"

We've all been there, on the brink of doing something we know we shouldn't, but simply can't help ourselves. Whether it's having that extra slice of pie you know you don't need, or having an affair with your gynaecologist. Jenna and Dr Pomatter flirt with the idea of giving in to temptation and question just how bad this idea really is.

"When He Sees Me"

As if dating wasn't hard enough before you had to navigate the likes of Tinder, Bumble, and the plethora of other online dating apps. As the anticipation builds before Jenna's anxious colleague Dawn's first date with a guy she met online, the hesitant waitress mulls over everything that could go wrong and deals with the possibility of opening herself up and getting hurt.

"Everything Changes"

Jenna is really sent through the wringer over the course of two and a half hours, but as we approach the show's finale, she has a powerful epiphany as she lies in a hospital bed. Everything Changes sums up how full of hope and joy new mothers feel when they hold their newborn for the first time. It's just something in my eye, honest...  

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