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Waitress Austin Tickets
Waitress Austin TicketsOn the surface, the story of Waitress is about Jenna, a waitress who works in a small-time diner and deals with an abusive marriage at home. However, the broader themes of this show don’t just deal with a woman working at the local diner. Rather, they deal with women and how they inspire each other to be better no matter what kind of hand the world has dealt them. Jenna's story originally came to audiences in movie form when the movie’s writer-director Adrienne Shelly created the 2007 film Waitress. Since being adapted to a musical format, this woman-fronted musical has charmed audiences from New York City to Austin.
Celebrating Female EmpowermentWaitress has broken the glass ceiling in many respects. The original Broadway production had four women in the top creative spots of the production team, not to mention that the show is about a woman. The creative team included Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, director Diane Paulus, book writer Jessie Nelson and choreographer Lorin Latarro. This team has introduced a number of changes that highlight the role of women in work and society. In 2017, as a nod to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the characters donned pink uniforms. Up until that time, the diner uniforms had been powder blue. Finally, the role of Jenna has been played by many actresses; Nicolette Robinson was the first woman of color to play the role.
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Who are some notable performers who have appeared in Waitress?The role of Old Joe, the owner of Joe's Diner, has been played by both men and women. Initially, when Adrienne Shelly wrote the screenplay for the script on which the musical is based, Joe was a man. However, in 2018, June Squibb took on the role of Joe, who became Josie for this incarnation of the character. Two of the women who created the Broadway version of the show, composer Sara Bareilles and director Diane Paulus, liked the idea of turning the role of Joe into a savvy businesswoman. However, Squibb isn't the only interesting choice for the role. NBC weather forecaster Al Roker played the role of Old Joe for short stints in both 2018 and 2019.
How long does a performance of Waitress last?Plan on being in the theater for around two-and-a-half hours. This time estimate also includes the show's intermission.
What can I expect from a performance of Waitress?One of the big draws of Waitress is that the story deals with an everyday person handling problems that everyday people face. There's no superhero to come to the rescue. Instead, the show's main character, Jenna, must change her life using her own strength of heart. She is a waitress in a small-time diner, not unlike the diners that might be found on the outskirts of Austin. She's living in an abusive marriage. She dreams of doing more and being more. As such, the show is darkly funny, filled with music that's both sad and soulful yet sweet and inspiring. Waitress is populated with very real characters that audiences can identify with, making it an engaging and thoughtful way to spend an evening.
What are some of the songs I’ll hear at a Waitress Austin performance?Although the original story of Waitress wasn’t written as a Broadway musical, the show’s themes have adapted nicely to this format. The musical features more than 20 songs, many of which have become quite well-known, including the power ballad "She Used to Be Mine." Other songs on the docket include "It Only Takes a Taste," "What’s Inside" and "What Baking Can Do."
How many awards and nominations has this show received?When you see Waitress in Austin, you’ll be watching a show that has proven itself on Broadway with audiences, critics and awards organizations alike. It was the recipient of a number of Tony Award nominations in 2016, including nods in the Best Musical, Best Leading Actress in a Musical and Best Original Score categories. Actor Christopher Fitzgerald won awards from Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle in the Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical category.
What other shows might fans of Waitress enjoy?Fans of Waitress may also like seeing Hamilton or Wicked.
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