Sara Bareilles’ ‘Waitress’ Musical Will Find a New Home on Broadway
Sara Bareilles might not be the King of Anything, but she could be the next Queen of Broadway.
The singer’s musical Waitress, which is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, will officially find a home on The Great White Way next year, Billboard reports. The show stars Tony-winning actress Jessie Mueller, but there’s no word on if Mueller will continue to play the part of Jenna in New York, or who else will join the cast, the site says.
Waitress, a story that follows a server and pie-maker who can’t seem to escape a small town and unhappy marriage, is based on the eponymous 2007 film starring Keri Russell. Production will begin at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in April and Diane Paulus, who most recently worked on Pippin and Finding Neverland, will direct the show.
While Bareilles wrote the show’s music and lyrics, Jessie Nelson, who wrote and directed Corrina, Corrina with Whoopi Goldberg, will write the story.
“Eeeek! So. Pumped.” the “Brave” singer tweeted after the Waitress news broke, and fans seemed to be equally excited for the show. “My heart is full with this news! Was incredibly connected to the show, it spoke to my soul,” @ChristinePenski tweeted while @76Coug noted “Sara is a genius, of that there can be no argument. Never a doubt this would make it to Broadway, it belongs.”
Previews for Waitress will begin in March, according to Playbill.