After opening in 2016, Waitress ends its Broadway run in January 2020. During its more than 1,500 Broadway performances, the musical featured stellar casts and was recognized with four Tony Award nominations. The musical is based on a 2007 film, also titled Waitress, and follows the storyline of a small-town waitress in a troubled relationship. Despite the barriers standing in her way, Jenna Hunterson, the waitress at the center of the story, dreams of a better future while she bakes creative pies.
A Win for Women
Waitress' original film screenplay was written by Adrienne Shelly. The Broadway production was the first musical to feature a score written by a woman (Sara Bareilles) with choreography created by a woman (Lorin Latarro) and a book written by a woman (Jessie Nelson), all under the direction of a woman (Diane Paulus). Producer Barry Weissler told Playbill that the four women "worked together seamlessly." The production's long run and multiple Tony nods are further evidence of the creative partnerships that bought Waitress to the stage.
Where can I buy Waitress Philadelphia tickets?
In the spring of 2020, Waitress returns to Philadelphia's Center City cultural district, and you can buy your Waitress Philadelphia tickets at StubHub, the largest online ticket marketplace in the world. When you buy your tickets at StubHub, you get the FanProtect guarantee, ensuring your ticket purchase is safe and secure.
Is Waitress a child-friendly musical?
Waitress is a light-hearted musical with romance, laughter and adult situations. Waitress, the 2007 movie, was rated PG-13, and the stage version contains many of the same elements found in the film. The main character, Jenna, finds love and romance with a married man while coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy. While the main plot concerns the question of whether Jenna will attend a pie-baking contest, major portions of the script include situations and language that would not be considered appropriate for those under 13 years of age.
How long is Waitress?
Waitress is a two-act musical with a 15-minute intermission. Including the intermission, the production lasts two hours and 30 minutes.
Is Waitress the musical the same as Waitress the movie?
While the play is based on the movie and features similar characters and plot lines, the stage version of Waitress has generated greater accolades and received more award nominations than the movie version. The musical's set has been praised for its clever pie themes, while live performances from a variety of actors contribute to three-dimensional reinventions of otherwise standard characters. For instance, actor Christopher Fitzgerald earned a Tony Award for his portrayal of Ogie, a supporting character in the original 2016 production. Other prominent actors have taken on roles in the musical, including Al Roker, Katherine McPhee and Jordin Sparks.
Is Waitress currently on tour?
Waitress' 2020 tour includes stops in many major US cities as well as smaller venues. The tour visits Philadelphia in May 2020. The 2020 tour features Jordin Sparks in the lead role of Jenna with a supporting cast that includes Al Roker, Tyrone Davis, NaTasha Yvette Williams and Christopher Fitzgerald.
Do audience members get to eat pie at Waitress?
Pie plays an important role in Waitress, but audiences won't get a taste of any of the pies mentioned during the play at the theater. You can purchase pie pins, pie magnets and other souvenirs at the venue or online. Fortunately, Philadelphia theatergoers can visit any number of pastry shops and restaurants in the Avenue of the Arts district after the performance. If you leave the theater with a specific craving, then you might want to invest in a copy of the Waitress' official pie cookbook: Sugar, Butter, Flour. The book provides recipes for your own "Big Guy Strawberry Pie" or an "Everything's Just Peachy Peachy Keen Pie," along with other baked goods featured in the play.Back to Top
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