Based on Adrienne Shelley’s 2007 film, Waitress the musical tells the story of Jenna, a pie maker who feels trapped by her small-town life and unhappy marriage. When an unexpected pregnancy shocks her into action, a baking contest in a nearby county and an encounter with someone new seem like the perfect ingredients for a fresh start.
With a host of catchy, fun and heartwarming songs including “It Only Takes a Taste”, “She Used to Be Mine” and “When He Sees Me”, Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre is the perfect tale of empowerment and baking, beloved by audiences and critics across the US.
Katharine McPhee currently stars as Jenna, having previously played the role in the West End in 2019. She is joined by Natasha Yvette Williams as Becky, Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn, Christopher Fitzgerald as Ogie and Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter.
Waitress’ creative team is chock-full of women, including a book by Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam, The Story of Us), music and lyrics by “Love Song” hitmaker Sara Bareilles, and choreography from Lorin Latarro (Waiting for Godot, American Idiot). The musical is directed by Diane Paulus; her credits include Pippin, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical.
Nominated for multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Waitress is a powerful and funny story about friendship, love and finding your own strength. It is currently running at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Important informationPlaying at: Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036
Performance dates: 15 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including intermission)
Age recommendation: Recommended 10+
Special notice: Anyone looking for a sweet story about female empowerment and friendship will want to secure a ticket for Waitress. With a delicious mix of upbeat but emotional songs from Sara Bareilles and a ton of heart, Waitress has earned its place as a must-see for theatergoers.