A Feast for the Senses! WAITRESS Audiences Welcomed Into Theater with Aroma of Warming Pies
Audience members who attend the new Broadway musical Waitress will not only get a feast for the eyes, but a feast for the nose as well! BWW has learned that there will be an actual pie being warmed in a convection oven in the entryway of the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to create an authentic diner atmosphere!In addition, the show has called upon the expertise of 'pie consultant' Stacy Donnelly, who is responsible for baking the pies that are used on stage during the performance. Donnelly also worked with cast members to teach them how to handle and roll pie dough to create an air of authenticity to the production.
Audiences also have the opportunity to purchase pies in the theater lobby. We'll take a warm apple cobbler a la mode!Following a sold-out limited engagement at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, Waitress began previews on March 25, and officially opens on April 24 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with book by Jessie Nelson, score by five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. WAITRESS stars Tony Award-winner Jessie Mueller as Jenna, with Drama Desk nominee Eric Anderson (Cal), Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero (Earl), Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Ogie), Drew Gehling (Dr. Pomatter), Kimiko Glenn (Dawn), Dakin Matthews (Joe), Tony Award nominee Keala Settle (Becky), and Charity Angél Dawson, Thay Floyd, Henry Gottfried, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Max Kumangai, Jeremy Morse, Ragan Pharris, Stephanie Torns and Ryan Vasquez. WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a Waitress and expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking CONTEST in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow Waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This new American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie. The design team features set by three-time Tony Award-winner Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting by Tony Award-winner Christopher Akerlind and sound by Tony Award-nominee Jonathan Deans. Music supervisor is Nadia DiGiallonardo. Casting is by Telsey + Company. Music contractor is John Miller. Production Stage Manager is Thomas J, Gates. Tech supervision is by Juniper Street Productions.