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Manila, Philippines--Go inside the rehearsal of the first international production of the Broadway smash musical "Waitress," which stars Joanna Ampil (Jenna), Becky (Bituin Escalante), and Maronne Cruz (Dawn). The show plays at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, in Makati City from November 9 until December 2, 2018.

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group's Bobby Garcia directs the highly-anticipated production.

"Waitress" is based on the 2007 indie film of the same name, written by the late Adrienne Shelly. This film-to-stage adaptation was nominated at the 2016 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score (Sara Bareilles), Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Jessie Mueller), and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Christopher Fitzgerald),

"Waitress" features the music and lyrics by Bareilles and book by Jessie Nelson, who were part of the first-ever all-female creative team assembled on Broadway, along with "Waitress" Broadway director Diane Paulus.

It tells the story of a pie maker at Joe's Diner Jenna (Ampil) who is trapped in a loveless marriage and is expecting a baby. With the help of her best friends, Becky (Escalante) and Dawn (Cruz), Jenna musters the courage to live her life to the fullest.

Also in the international premiere cast are Bibo Reyes (Dr. Pomatter), Nino Alejandro (Ogie), George Schulze (Earl), Dean Rosen (Cal), and Steven Conde (Joe), Luigi Quesada, Gerhard Krysstopher, Luis Marcelo, Emiline Celis Guinid, Teetin Villanueva, Sarah Facuri, and Jillian Ita-as.

Worthy of note, Tony Award winner David Gallo is the show's set designer; Cecile Martinez, choreographer; Aaron Porter, lighting designer; Farley Asuncion, musical director; Raven Ong, costume designer; Josh Millican, sound designer; Johann dela Fuente, hair and makeup designer, and ManMan Angsico, vocal coach.

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