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Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (the film “I Am Sam”), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Waiting for Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, "Waitress" tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker – who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

“Waitress is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don't miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

Photos by Anita Dloniak & Associates.

Run Time

2hr 30min (including one intermission)

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Recommended for ages 13 and up.

The National Theatre

1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

" The mission of the National Theatre is to be the Stage for the Nation. Building on its 1835 foundation and legacy as a cornerstone of American theatre history, the National Theatre serves the community by presenting the highest caliber performing arts, promotes Metropolitan Washington as a vibrant cultural destination, and contributes to the economic vitality of the Nation’s capital."

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