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About Waitress

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying encounter with someone new — shows Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, this Tony Award®-nominated hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

“Waitress is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly, and is “sweet, sassy and passionate,” according to New York Magazine. Don’t miss this uplifting and hilarious musical.

Photos by Joan Marcus and Pamela Hanson.

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Waitress returns to Broadway, now at the Barrymore Theatre. Waitress tickets in New York are on sale now.

The Waitress musical follows Jenna, a small-town waitress who bakes pies to escape her anguish at home. When Jenna finds out she’s pregnant with her abusive husband’s baby, her fellow waitresses and best friends Becky and Dawn want to do anything they can to help her get out of her bad situation. Dr. Pomatter, her new gynaecologist also offers moral support too, with the pair striking up an unexpected bond. Jenna’s also inspired to enter a pie making contest in the hopes of winning a large cash prize. Jenna plucks up the courage to start a new life, but realizes how home comforts can improve too.

Based on Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film starring Keri Russell, “Waitress” tells an emotional story about the power of female friendship and family. The show marks the Broadway composing debut of singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, with a soulful score that will empower you to love yourself and make the change you need to make in your life.. Her original score features comical songs, heartfelt duets, and soaring ballads that mix a traditional Broadway-pop style with Southern flair.

Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a book by Jessie Nelson, the show was nominated for four Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Musical, and audiences flocked to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for over three years. Now, after just a year away, Waitress returns to Broadway, this time at the Barrymore Theatre. So why not bite into Waitress in New York? After all, it only takes a taste before you’ll fall for these characters — and their pie.

Run time

2hr 30min (incl. intermission)

Start date

March 25th, 2016

End date

January 5th, 2020




Lena Horne Theatre



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