Theatrely Three: WAITRESS

Theatrely Three
Charity Angél Dawson, Sara Bareilles, and Caitlin Houlahan in WAITRESS | Photo: Joan Marcus
Kobi Kassal
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September 2, 2021 7:50 AM

Our picks as to why you should not miss out on Waitress 

The diner is getting ready to open once more on the Great White Way, but this time across the street at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Based on the film of the same title written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a master pie baker trapped in a loveless marriage in a small town. With original music and lyrics by Grammy winner Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson, the production is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. 

Here’s our Theatrely Three:

  1. Since first hearing Sara Bareilles’ breathtaking score, the music has solidified itself as a true mainstay in musical theatre history. Many pop singers have attempted to write music for the stage and not all are successful. Bareilles has a way of crafting songs filled with emotion and heart, with a variety from comedic to heartfelt ballads all in her pop-soul style. Plus, you have not truly lived until you have experienced “She Used To Be Mind” sung live.
  1. The producers and creative team have assembled a top-notch ensemble that is a thrill to watch on stage. When the musical reopens tonight for this return engagement, a number of original Broadway cast members from the 2016 production will be returning including Eric Anderson as Cal, Charity Angél Dawson now as Becky, Christopher Fitzgerald as Ogie, Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Dakin Matthews as Joe, and Stephanie Torns, Henry Gottfried, Molly Jobe, and Max Kimangai in the Ensemble. Not to mention, Bareilles will throw on the apron as Jenna through October 17. You know the cast has a wonderful time both onstage and off--just check out their Instagrams to see how close they all are!
  1. It’s truly a universal story that all can relate to. Yes, we hate the cliches as much as the next person but Nelson has found a way to bake (ha, get it?) the vibrancy of the original motion picture into her book. After an unwanted pregnancy, Jenna’s life is upended until she hears of a banking contest in a new town. A story filled with friendships, motherhood, and food, it’s a recipe for a perfect night out at the theatre.

Waitress is now in performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on 47th Street in New York City through January 9, 2022. For tickets and more information, visit here.

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!