Waitress Opening

Watch Now: Sara Bareilles and Waitress Cast Honor Nick Cordero

Waitress is “opening up” nightly on Broadway once again, now at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Open now, the production has something new and heartfelt baked in.

In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, original Waitress Broadway cast member Nick Cordero contracted the virus and ultimately passed away. In addition to originating the role of Earl in Waitress, he also appeared on Broadway in A Bronx Tale, Rock of Ages, and Bullets Over Broadway for which he received a Tony Award nomination. To honor his life, in every production of Waitress, beginning with the show’s return to Broadway, there will be a pie on the diner’s menu named the “Live Your Life” pie, named for a song written by Cordero along with a new a line in the show referencing the pie.

On the night of September 2 when Waitress was officially welcomed back to Broadway, the cast brought Amanda Kloots, wife of the late Cordero, up on stage and together honored him by performing his song.

Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Grammy Winner and Tony and Emmy Award nominated Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna fights to reclaim a long-forgotten part of herself. Through the support of her fellow waitresses and an unexpected romance, Jenna begins to find the courage to take a long-abandoned dream off the shelf. Waitress celebrates the power of friendship, dreams, the family we choose, and the beauty of a well-baked pie.

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