What do you do when life has lost its flavour? That's the problem facing Jenna, a hard-pressed waitress and part-time pastry chef who's stuck in an unhappy marriage. Her answer: to throw herself into an affair and enter a pie-making contest. Will it be love at first bite, or are her plans half-baked? Adapted from the critically acclaimed film by Adrienne Shelly, this romantic musical comedy holds the recipe for the perfect evening out. So why not order yourself a tasty pair of Waitress tickets at StubHub?
Waitress: from cinema to stage
The 2007 film starred Keri Russell (The Americans) and was written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, who sadly passed away in tragic circumstances shortly before the movie's release. A low-budget indie production, it grossed over $20 million at the box office and earned itself a faithful cult following. The stage version is unusual in that it features an all-female creative team. Veteran Hollywood scriptwriter Jessie Nelson – responsible for hits such as Corrina, Corrina, I Am Sam and The Story of Us – undertook the task of translating Jenna's bitter-sweet search for happiness to the stage. The music and lyrics were the work of Sarah Bareilles, a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter with five chart-topping albums to her credit. And making sure all the ingredients came together was Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, who divides her time between teaching at Harvard and masterminding Broadway smashes such as Pippin and Finding Neverland.
Waitress and the sweet smell of success
After an initial run in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2015, the show underwent some substantial revisions, with changes to the songs and choreography, before finally opening on Broadway in 2016. To make the production more authentic, the cast received hands-on master classes in baking, and to get the audience in the mood for an evening of gastronomic endeavours, the smell of newly cooked pies would be wafted through the theatre at the start of each show. Critics were full of praise for these winning touches, and for the performance of leading lady Jessie Mueller, who came to the show fresh from her success in the Carole King musical Beautiful. Later on in the run she was replaced by none other than Sarah Bareilles herself, who proved that she was as capable a stage performer as she was a recording artist. Bareilles went on to release an album featuring songs from the show which made it onto the Billboard Top Ten. The musical was nominated for four Tonies and six Drama Desk Awards.