‘Waitress: The Musical’ Hits The Stage!
Based upon the popular 2007 American Comedy/Drama film of the same title, Waitress, which was directed by Adrienne Shelly, has received a new lease of life, as a more updated musical. It tells the tale of a Southern, small town woman, called Jenna and her dreams of escaping a loveless marriage and restarting her life. With its book written by Jessie Nelson, who has directed a number of other shows, and music and lyrics written by world re-known musician Sara Bareilles, it has been nominated for multiple Tony Awards. Waitress, was a highly anticipated musical and it’s now showing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York.
Following a similar plot as the original film, expert pie-maker and waitress, Jenna, dreams of finding a way out of her loveless marriage. A nearby baking contest being held looks like it might be her chance for a brand new start, but when she unexpectedly becomes pregnant she meets the towns new doctor, Dr. Jim Pomatter they establish a blossoming affair. Along the journey and throughout Waitress we encounter numerous characters, Jenna Hunterson (Jessie Mueller), Dr. Jim Pomatter (Drew Gehling), Earl Hunterson (Nick Cordero), Jenna’s two best friends, Becky and Dawn (Keala Settle, Kimiko Glenn), Joe and Ogie (Dakin Matthews, Christopher Fitzgerald), Cal and finally, Jenna’s daughter Lulu (Eric Anderson, and Claire and McKenna keane).
Sara Bareilles herself has released the album ‘What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress’. On this album she sings her renditions of the show tunes, including a couple duets with another famous musician, Jason Mraz. The album is currently available on iTunes, and the official cast album is to be released in the next few months. With a couple tear-jerking songs, the score is balanced out with a some comedic numbers. Here’s the full list of musicals numbers, however, there are a some on this list that are sadly not on Bareilles’ album:
- “What’s Inside” – Jenna & Company
- “Opening Up” – Jenna, Becky, Dawn, Cal and Company
- “The Negative” – Jenna, Becky, Dawn (Not on Bareilles album)
- “What Baking Can Do” – Jenna (Not on Bareilles album)
- “When He Sees Me” – Dawn and Company
- “It Only Takes a Taste” – Dr. Pomatter and Jenna (Not on Bareilles album)
- “You Will Still Be Mine” – Earl and Jenna (Not on Bareilles album)
- “A Soft Place to Land” – Jenna, Becky, Dawn
- “Never Ever Getting Rid of Me” – Ogie and Company
- “Bad Idea” – Jenna, Dr. Pomatter, and Company
- “I Didn’t Plan It” – Becky
- “Bad Idea” (Reprise) – Company (Not on Bareilles album)
- “You Matter to Me” – Dr. Pomatter and Jenna
- “I Love You Like a Table” – Ogie, Dawn, Company (Not on Bareilles album)
- “Take It From an Old Man” – Joe and Company (Not on Bareilles album)
- “She Used to Be Mine” – Jenna
- “Everything Changes” – Jenna and Company
- “Opening Up” (Finale) – Company (Not on Bareilles album)
(Bonus Song on Bareilles’ Album; ‘Lulu’s Pie Song’)
I highly recommend you take a listen to Bareilles’ album, and if you’re lucky enough to live over in the US and have enough money to buy tickets, why not go and watch Waitress itself? With a complex and heart-warming storyline, it’s definitely one to go on my ‘Watch List’!