Londoners are about to have their share of the pie. The Broadway hit musical Waitress, based on the 2007 film of the same name, will have its premiere in London’s West in February of 2019. Booked at the Adelphi Theatre, the production features a score by popular singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson, adapted from Adrienne Shelly’s screenplay. Diane Paulus will direct.
Bareilles weighed-in on the announcement: “I cannot contain my excitement that we will be bringing Waitress to the West End!! This is a dream come true! And I must say, to be hosted in a theatre co-owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Nederlander Group makes this very sweet moment even sweeter. 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.”
Waitress opened on Broadway in April of 2016 and was soon nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical. It’s original star, Jessie Mueller received a nomination for portrayal of Jenna, a role that has since been played by Betsy Wolfe, Katherine McPhee, and in a coming home, coup de casting, Sara Bareilles. Nicolette Robinson is poised to enter the production on September 4. The musical has also seen a “Who’s Who” of performers in supporting roles including Keala Settle, Erich Bergan, Will Swenson, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Jason Mraz. Casting for the London production will be announced at a later date.
“Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.