Waitress: Review, Pics

Jessie Mueller as Jenna in WAITRESS,
Jessie Mueller as Jenna in WAITRESS

There are good reasons to savor Waitress, the sweet and tart new musical confection about love and pie, deliciously performed at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theater…It is being promoted as the first Broadway musical put together by an all-female creative team. In her Broadway debut, well-known singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has written and orchestrated a score full of pleasing songs. Diane Paulus (Hair, Porgy and Bess) directs with her usual verve, but, in keeping with the material, more down-home and laid-back than usual, certainly compared to her most recent over-the-Big-Top Broadway forays (Pippin, Finding Neverland.) Jessie Nelson wrote the book, based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelly….The musical adaptation hews closely to Shelly’s film in both plot and tone, which is a mix of comic, romantic and dark, a homespun feminist fable spiced with a pinch of cartoon and a dash of the surreal

Full review at DC Theatre Scene

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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