Eugene Lee Brings EAST TEXAS HOT LINKS To Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre CompanyEugene Lee Brings EAST TEXAS HOT LINKS To Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2019

Outgoing Artistic Director Kenny Leon and Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company are thrilled to present Eugene Lee's East Texas Hot Links from July 16 to August 11, 2019. A few years after this play was originally produced in the early nineties, the nation was shocked by the brutal lynching of James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper, TX, a small East Texas town. The play itself is set in 1955, but the story continues to resonate as playwright Lee explores how we, as humans, feed off of each other as links in the food chain. (more...)

Review Roundup: WAITRESS on Tour, What Did the Critics Think?Review Roundup: WAITRESS on Tour, What Did the Critics Think?
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2019

Sugar, Butter, Tour! The national tour of Waitress is sprinkling sugar across America. Check out what the critics are saying in each tour stop in the reviews below. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ephie Aardema of WAITRESS at the Fisher Theatre Says It Has A Lot of Heart... And Pie!BWW Interview: Ephie Aardema of WAITRESS at the Fisher Theatre Says It Has A Lot of Heart... And Pie!
by Katie Laban - May 8, 2019

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team that features original music from six-time Grammy nominee, Sara Bareilles, Waitress is playing until May 19th at the Fisher Theatre. Jenna is an expert pie maker and as the title suggests, a waitress, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest could be chance at a new start along with possibly the town's new doctor, but Jenna has to find to find the courage and strength to try. 'We have pie! There's pie in the lobby,' answered Ephie Aardema, who plays Jenna's friend and fellow waitress in the show, when asked about why Detroit audiences should see the show. 'It also has a lot of heart - more than most musicals.' See what else Ephie had to say about Waitress, tour life, and more below: (more...)

BWW Review: WAITRESS at Broadway Grand Rapids Promises To Serve Up A Good Time, and Will Make You Hungry!BWW Review: WAITRESS at Broadway Grand Rapids Promises To Serve Up A Good Time, and Will Make You Hungry!
by Brian Hilbrand - May 1, 2019

Waitress, is in Grand Rapids playing at DeVos Hall through Sunday March, 5th.  It is brought to life by a groundbreaking, all female creative team, this Tony Award-nominated hit features original music and lyrics by 7-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles ("Love Song" and "Brave"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland_ (more...)

Jeremy Woodard Takes Over the Role of Earl in WAITRESS On TourJeremy Woodard Takes Over the Role of Earl in WAITRESS On Tour
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2019

The diner recently Welcomed Jeremy Woodard to the role of 'Earl' in the National Touring Production of Waitress! Waitress is the hit Broadway musical from Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles inspired by Adrienne Shelly's 2007 motion picture. (more...)

BWW Review: Hot Pies Served with a Side of Sass at WAITRESSBWW Review: Hot Pies Served with a Side of Sass at WAITRESS
by The Marriage Matinee - Apr 24, 2019

At first glance, WAITRESS has a deceptively simple surface plot. Woman in a bad marriage hangs with gal pals encouraging her to do better for herself. That may be the bare bits of this musical, but its complexities and melodies are as enticing as one of Jenna's famous pies. (more...)

BWW Review: WAITRESS at Tulsa Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: WAITRESS at Tulsa Performing Arts Center
by Dara Homer - Apr 19, 2019

The national tour of Waitress, which is running in Tulsa through this weekend at the PAC, is powered by a vibrant female energy, but it is also packed with moments of joy and humor for pie-lovers of all genders. Waitress combines a refreshingly contemporary but accessible score with classic musical theatre influences, both in terms of sound and storytelling. Just as a pie doesn't need to be perfect to be well-worth savoring to the last bite, Waitress is a beautifully imperfect treat, full of sweetness and a cast that you absolutely don't want to miss while they're in town. (more...)

BWW Review: WAITRESS at Times Union Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: WAITRESS at Times Union Performing Arts Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - Mar 13, 2019

"Sugar. Butter. Flour" Waitress! Waitress has arrived at the Times Union and is blowing audiences away. The musical, based on Adrienne Shelley's movie of the same name, follows Jenna, a waitress at a small diner who is stuck in a loveless marriage. Jenna finds herself pregnant and is convinced it is time to chase her own dreams and build a better life for her and her unborn child. First, she must save enough money waitressing at the diner. Jenna meets her doctor, Dr. Pomatter, and things become very complicated. Waitress is filled with laughter, emotion, heartbreak, and pies! (more...)

BWW Review: WAITRESS at Adrienne Arsht Center-Simply Put, it is a MUST see!BWW Review: WAITRESS at Adrienne Arsht Center-Simply Put, it is a MUST see!
by Cristina Pla-Guzman - Feb 28, 2019

"I Am Wild About You" Pie. My cheeks hurt. Yes, you read that right. My cheeks hurt from smiling. Well, I should explain that my cheeks hurt from smiling, I have been craving pie all day (Key Lime Pie, if you must know) and I have been singing "Sugar, Butter, Flour" in a nonstop loop since watching the national tour of Waitress. Broadway Across America's production of Waitress at the Adrienne Arsht center leaves you giddy and guarantees that you'll come back for seconds. (more...)

BWW Review: WAITRESS at Altria Theater Will Satisfy Your Musical Theatre Sweet Tooth!BWW Review: WAITRESS at Altria Theater Will Satisfy Your Musical Theatre Sweet Tooth!
by Jeremy Bustin - Feb 13, 2019

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BWW Review: WAITRESS Serves What You Would Expect at the Hobby CenterBWW Review: WAITRESS Serves What You Would Expect at the Hobby Center
by Katricia Lang - Feb 1, 2019

Jenna, a small town waitress and genius pie maker, is broke, pregnant, and stuck in an abusive marriage. When she finds out about a baking contest held in a nearby county that offers a $25,000 award, she begins to see her pies as her a ticket out of a dangerous marriage and a pathway to a new life. (more...)

BWW Review: WAITRESS Charms at Bass Concert HallBWW Review: WAITRESS Charms at Bass Concert Hall
by Frank Benge - Jan 24, 2019

WAITRESS is a 2015 musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson, which is based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson (Christine Dwyer), a waitress in an abusive relationship with her husband Earl (Matt DeAngelis). When Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she begins an affair with her gynecologist, Dr. Jim Pomatter (Steven Good). Looking for a way out, she sees a pie contest and its twenty thousand dollar grand prize as her only chance. (more...)

BWW Review: WAITRESS at The OrpheumBWW Review: WAITRESS at The Orpheum
by Chris Miritello - Jan 16, 2019

Since its 2015 premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts - a popular laboratory for some of Broadway's most recent smash hits -Waitress, with music and lyrics by the indomitably popular songstress Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson, has made defying the theater community's wildest expectations look easy as pie. Somewhat quietly, Waitress has baked a more than 1100 performance run (and counting) on Broadway, spanning nearly three years, no small feat for a modern musical, particularly one that does not rely upon spectacular stage effects, grandiose chorus numbers, a well-known jukebox catalog or Disney source material. Adapted from Adrienne Shelly's 2007 film of the same name - which was by no means a box office juggernaut - the musical incarnation of Waitress has none of these things. What it does have, however, is a fantastic score, relatable and likeable (with one exception) characters, and a well-mixed blend of humor and heart. (more...)

BWW Review: WAITRESS on Tour Comes to San AntonioBWW Review: WAITRESS on Tour Comes to San Antonio
by Kathy Strain - Jan 10, 2019

Ever since WAITRESS first premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2015 and soon after on Broadway in 2016, audiences have fled to see this wonderful show. The original movie opened in 2007 and was written by the late Adrienne Shelly. It became widely successful and soon after a creative team was assembled in 2013. Sara Bareilles was a star in her own right by this time and she is responsible for the wonderful music and lyrics of this well-done musical. With Jesse Nelson writing the book, she wrote the story using unfinished scripts by Adrienne Shelly to bring Ms. Shelly's voice into the project. (more...)

Review: BWW's Michael L. Quintos Picks Best of O.C. and Beyond for 2018Review: BWW's Michael L. Quintos Picks Best of O.C. and Beyond for 2018
by Michael Quintos - Dec 29, 2018

As with each passing season, 2018 proved to be another exceptional year for theater not only in Souther California in general but also in Orange County---my home base. This year, the OC finally welcomed the debut of what has become this century's most awarded and most renowned stage musical ever about the Founding Father etched regally on the 10 dollar bill. Meanwhile, So. Cal. enjoyed a powerful surge of new stage works that explored Asian-American experiences, a positive step forward in the presentation of diverse voices we seldom hear from on the stage. A pair of touring musicals---both opening in the O.C. in early 2019---made such an impact in their Los Angeles engagements for me personally that I had to include them in my list, even though I have not 'officially' reviewed the productions for print. With that said, here is my 'Best of 2018' from Orange County and adjacent locales nearby---a mixture of outstanding shows and brilliant performances that made a lasting, memorable imprint in my theatergoing experience this year. (more...)

Final Chance to Vote for the BWW Portland Awards!Final Chance to Vote for the BWW Portland Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 24, 2018

It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Portland Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

WAITRESS Comes to Community Center Theater This MonthWAITRESS Comes to Community Center Theater This Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2018

Joe's Pie Diner will open up with Richard Kline in the role of 'Joe' when the tour is in Spokane, WA just prior to its Sacramento engagement. Waitress is the hit Broadway musical from Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles inspired by Adrienne Shelly's 2007 motion picture. The Broadway On Tour presentation of Waitress runs at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Dec. 27, 2018 through Jan. 5, 2019. (more...)

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW Portland Awards!Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW Portland Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Portland Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Richard Kline Takes Over the Diner as Joe in WAITRESS on TourRichard Kline Takes Over the Diner as Joe in WAITRESS on Tour
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2018

Joe's Pie Diner will be Opening Up with Richard Kline in the role of 'Joe' on December 14th when the tour is in Spokane, WA at First Interstate Center for the Arts. Waitress is the hit Broadway musical from Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles inspired by Adrienne Shelly's 2007 motion picture. (more...)

Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW Portland Awards!Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW Portland Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Portland Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

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