Waitress set for limited Broadway revival 'with plans to film production'

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Waitress is set for a limited revival on Broadway, it’s been revealed.

The musical is set to return to New York fewer than two years after it closed in January 2020.


In a report in the Wall Street Journal, producer Barry Weissler said the show’s composer Sara Bareilles would return to the lead role of Jenna.

It’s rumoured that there are plans to film the show having previously hoped to record the West End production before the pandemic forced theatres to close.

The news comes after plans were announced to reopen Broadway in September with Six The Musical set to be one of the first shows to reopen.

Based on the film of the same name, Waitress tells the story of Jenna a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage.

The musical features a Tony and Grammy nominated score by Bareilles, a book by Jessie Nelson and direction by Diane Paulus.

The show ran for over 1,500 performances on Broadway between 2016 and 2020, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards.

A West End production opened in February 2019 with Katharine McPhee. Originally due to play to July 2020, the show ultimately played its final performance in London on March 14 when theatres were shut down.

Bareilles previously played the role of Jenna for three stints in the Broadway production and also appeared in the London cast prior to the closure of theatres.

A first UK tour of Waitress is currently scheduled to begin in September with Lucie Jones, Sandra Marvin, Evelyn Hoskins and Busted star Matt Willis

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