Broadway musical Waitress to serve up London debut


Jessie Mueller in Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York. Picture: Joan Marcus

Broadway show Waitress looks set to be on the West End menu by spring next year.

Based on the cult classic 2007 film of the same name, the musical tale of love, friendship and perfect pies is currently one of the most popular shows on Broadway.

The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye has revealed the not entirely unexpected news that one of the show’s producers Barry Weissler and director Diana Paulus are currently searching for a suitable London theatre for the show.

With a book by Jessie Nelson and music and lyrics by pop singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Waitress takes its inspiration from screenwriter and actress Adrienne Shelly’s much-loved independent film.

Although overshadowed by the unstoppable Hamilton during award season, the feel-good musical was nominated for a number of major awards, with the show’s Christopher Fitzgerald picking up a Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

A critical and commercial hit, the show’s success has added poignancy due to the tragic loss of its creator who was murdered just before the film premiered at the famous Sundance Film Festival. Promotional material for the show pays tribute to Shelly and her legacy, and refers to the charitable Adrienne Shelly Foundation set up in her memory by her husband.

Waitress began previews in August 2015 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it transferred to Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre in March this year. The show is slated to start a US national tour in October next year.

Angela Thomas

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