Waitress the Musical, currently playing at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End, is a touching and powerful story about a waitress and excellent pie-maker, Jenna Hunterson, who has lost touch with herself and her dreams. Jenna wishes she had another life when she meets the new doctor in town, Dr Pomatter. As she becomes closer to Dr. Pomatter, he helps her remember what it feels like to be happy again.
Grammy Winner Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel, Oliver and Tony Award Winner, joined the Waitress cast as leads Jenna Hunterson and Dr. Pomatter on 27 January for an initial six-week run until March 7. Bareilles and Creel have been such a hit in the West End that they are now extending their roles in the Waitress cast until March 21. This is Sara Bareillis’ West End debut and there’s no better way than to play the lead in a musical that she scored herself.
The production is 2 hours and 30 minutes consisting of two acts and one 15 minute intermission. By the end, you will either be left in tears or smiling on the way home while singing “flour, sugar, butter.” Jenna is a waitress in a small town with an unhappy home life and she works alongside her friends Dawn and Becky who encourage her to stand up for herself and leave her abusive husband, Earl. Jenna used to dream of opening her own pie shop since she started making pies with her mom as a child, but now lives in fear of doing anything that her husband disapproves of.
Jenna finds herself in an unexpected situation when she realizes she is pregnant and decides to keep the baby. She meets Dr. Pomatter during the course of the pregnancy and continuously asks herself if she is living a happy life. With the help of her fellow waitresses and Dr. Pomatter, she comes to the realization that she needs to change her lifestyle and leave Earl.
Picking up extra shifts at work, secretly having an affair with Dr. Pomatter and hiding her money from Earl helps Jenna start her courageous journey to find her happiness again, but she does not truly become happy until she holds her little girl in her hands.
Bareilles and Creel are steamy and hilarious in this production of Waitress the Musical and their chemistry shows! Creel is outstanding, continuously making the audience laugh with his awkwardness. Dawn (Evelyn Hoskins) showed she had a big voice in her little body and her character created a comfortable connection with the audience with lashings of laughs. The relationships among all the characters on stage were strong creating the comedic atmosphere for both the actors and viewers. After seeing Waitress, you feel close to each one of the characters.
Waitress has an impressive production team including Sara Bareillis, Tony Award Winner Diane Paulus as director and screenwriter Jessie Nelson. The production has grown worldwide and not only has Waitress been nominated for Best New Musical, but Sara Bareilles is nominated for Best Original Score for this production.
Waitress premiered in the West End on 6 March 2019 and will be running in the West End until 4 July 2020 with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 2:30 p.m. matinee performances Wednesday and Saturdays. Tickets range from £23.40 to £47.40 and can be purchased on the website https://www.waitressthemusical.co.uk or at their box office.