Serving up a warm Broadway musical straight from the heart, Waitress has been opening up at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre.
The beloved musical’s transfer, based on the 2007 film of the same name, has a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, along with a book by Jessie Nelson. Waitress has been eagerly awaited in London, having scored four Tony Award Nominations on Broadway, including for Best Musical.
Featuring an all-female creative team, Waitress is the story of expert pie maker Jenna, stuck in a small town and a neglected marriage. Dreaming of bigger and better things, Jenna’s life begins to heat up when she meets a compassionate doctor and forms a plan to enter a life-changing baking contest in a nearby county.
The result may just offer a recipe to happiness in the form of a chance at a new life – but everything hinges on Jenna’s resolve to rebuild her life. Can she find courage when it matters most? Waitress is an American musical about friendship, motherhood – and the magic of a well-made pie.
The show features famous Sara Bareilles songs including She Used To Be Mine, What Baking Can Do, Never Ever Getting Rid Of Me, Opening Up and When He Sees Me.
Lucie Jones leads the cast as Jenna. Lucie first hit the spotlight as a finalist in the 2009 series of The X Factor, before taking to the stage as Cosette in Les Misérables (West End). Lucie’s other stage credits include Maureen in RENT (The Other Palace), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (national tour), and Holly in The Wedding Singer (national tour). She also represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 with her original song Never Give Up On You.
The show also currently features the West End debut of The Pussycat Dolls’ Ashley Roberts, who plays Dawn for a limited season. Ashley has also starred on the screen, including in I’m A Celebrity!, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Dancing On Ice and Let It Shine. Laura Baldwin (Janey in Eugenius!) will return to the role later in the year.
Marisha Wallace (recently Effie White in Dreamgirls) plays Becky, with David Hunter (Charlie Price in Kinky Boots) and Peter Hannah (Shakespeare In Love) as Dr Pomatter and Earl respectively. Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) plays Ogie.
Waitress originally opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on Broadway in April 2016. The original cast starred the likes of Jessie Mueller, Drew Gehling and The Greatest Showman star Keala Settle. Along with four subsequent Tony nominations, the acclaimed show was nominated for four Outer Critics’ Cricle Awards (including Outstanding New Broadway Musical), two Drama League Award Nominations, and six Drama Desk Nominations (including Outstanding Musical).
So don’t miss Waitress, the show that’s inviting audiences to the Adelphi Theatre with open arms – and plenty of pie.
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