Broadway musical Waitress to get West End premiere next spring
Sara Bareilles’ Broadway musical Waitress is set to rise to the West End occasion
Based on the 2007 film written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress opened in New York at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theater. It follows the story of a pie-maker called Jenna who longs for a way to escape her loveless marriage, when a baking contest in a nearby town presents her with the perfect opportunity.
When it opened in the US, the musical starred Jessie Mueller, known for playing the lead role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Casting for the West End run is yet to be announced.
Bareilles is a six-time Grammy nominee and is possibly best-known for her 2007 hit “Love Song”, and also recently appeared in a US telecast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.
Announcing the musical’s London run, Bareilles said: “We are so proud of this beautiful show, and can't wait to share the story of Jenna with a whole new audience and welcome them into the world of Waitress with open arms and plenty of pie”.
The musical is also billed as having the ‘first all-female creative team on a West End musical’. The show is directed by Diane Paulus, and has a book by Jesse Nelson.
Paulus said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Waitress is coming to the beautiful Adelphi Theatre! It is a dream come true to share this musical with London audiences.”
The musical will replace the outgoing Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre, which is co-owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Nederlander Group.
Webber said: “I am a massive fan of Sara Bareilles both as a writer and a performer. I'm thrilled that she has earned an Emmy nomination for her performance as Mary Magdalene in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live earlier this year and absolutely delighted that Waitress is to be seen in the West End”.
Waitress tickets in the West End will be available in the autumn.
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