There is much excitement surrounding Waitress, a new original musical with lyrics and music by Sara Bareilles, opening on Broadway in March 2016. The musical is based on the 2007 film starring Keri Russell. Domestic violence, infidelity, and personal growth are at the core of this story. Somehow, Diane Paulus, Jessie Nelson, and Sara Bareilles tie together a story that is funny and uplifting as Jenna, the protagonist, finds her way to self-fulfillment. Waitress has enjoyed a highly successful, sold-out run in Boston at the American Repertory Theater. Broadway previews begin on March 25th, and opening night is April 24th.
This show should be a huge hit since Sara Bareilles fans are already raving about the score of this show. Reportedly, the lyrics are catchy and will stay in your head as you leave the theater. Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carol King Musical), has a huge fan base that should flock to see her in her next production. Many in Boston said that she was perfectly cast and that she successfully carries a very heavy load in Waitress; it is predicted that she will be nominated again for Best Actress. Fans of the movie will want to see the next rendition of Jenna’s story of success and independence, and there there are always loyal Broadway viewers who want to see every new production.
Waitress is opening in a tough Broadway year. Hamilton is the talk of the town with heavy odds that it will sweep the Tony Awards. There has been a lot of discussion about who would want to compete with a powerhouse like Hamilton, but the attention that is focused on Broadway through Hamilton can benefit all of the shows this season. That attention can act as a reminder to less frequent theatre-goers that Broadway is always here with great entertainment waiting for them. Plus, Bareilles and Mueller will give any competition a run for their money during Tony season.