Tuesday, August 21

Breaking News: Waitress The Musical to open in London next Spring

Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson's Tony-nominated musical Waitress will have its UK premiere at the Adelphi Theatre  next February  with Kinky Boots due to end its run there on 12th January.

The musical  is  currently running on Broadway and is based on the 2007 film of the same name written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage and  abusive relationship with her husband Earl. When Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant she begins an affair with her gynaecologist Dr Jim Pomatter. Looking for ways out she sees a pie contest and its grand prize as her chance. 

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's  film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, 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.

The musical opened on Broadway in March 2016 with Jessie Mueller as the lead character. It went on to be nominated for four Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards, as well as a Grammy Award.

The UK production will be the first West End musical to have an all-female creative team, with direction by Diane Paulus (Pippin) and choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Liaisons Dangereuses).

Bareilles said: "I cannot contain my excitement that we will be bringing Waitress to the West End!! This is a dream come true! And I must say, to be hosted in a theatre co-owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Nederlander Group makes this very sweet moment even sweeter.We are so proud of this beautiful show, and can't wait to share the story of Jenna with a whole new audience and welcome them into the world of Waitress with open arms and plenty of pie."

Casting for the West End production and booking information for the show will be announced later this year.

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