FIRST LOOK: ‘Waitress’ London Launch

Waitress will be a must-see next year and tickets have just gone on sale!

Broadway’s latest hit musicals, including Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls and Waitress have been circling as ‘musical theatre gossip’ over the past year but it’s currently only the latter that has come out of hiding.

Waitress has now announced a West End run at The Adelphi Theatre and will open its doors on The Strand starting from February next year! Adorers of the film and musical a-like are brushing up on their pie making skills and dusting off their renditions of the now MT standard, ‘She Used To Be Mine’.

The story centres around Jenna, a waitress who has a talent for making incredible pies. Stuck in an abusive relationship, a frustrating job and an illicit affair with her gynaecologist when she unexpectedly becomes pregnant (…yep), she sees a pie contest with a grand prize as her chance to make something of herself.

Based on the 2007 film of the same name, the musical started with producers Barry and Fran Weissler (who won an ‘Outstanding Musical Production’ Olivier Award for Chicago in 1998). The idea to adapt the film into a musical was ‘an obvious choice’ according to Barry Weissler, who was in attendance at the London launch this week. A story about relatable struggles and pushing through life’s turmoils through a female perspective – the Weissler’s prove they are ahead of the game and know what audiences want.

Waitress is proudly the first all-female creative team on Broadway and director Diane Paulus stated  that the team chosen were done so because “they were the best people for the job – and guess what, they are all women”. Returning to The Adelphi, where Weissler’s Chicago first premiered, they are hoping to recapture the magic of a successful West End run! It’s no easy task, but with the Broadway run still going strong, it might be easy as pie!

At the London launch of this new hit musical, we were treated to a few hits from the composer and lyricist (and pop sensation in her own right) Sara Bareilles alongside guest, Gavin Creel (Book of Mormon, Hello Dolly!) in a delectable afternoon hosted by Ruthie Henshall. For those unaware of Waitress’ soundtrack – the musical, stripped-back pop melodies are a delight to the ear with relatable lyrics with fleshed-out characters. Bareilles had never composed songs as other people or characters before so at first she found it a challenge – especially for Earl, the abusive husband. However, she was able to find angles and ways to make these characters more than two-dimensional, and all the better for it.

The show is currently in its third year on Broadway, having opened in March 2016. Weissler rightfully smiles with joy at the success of the show, seeing as 30 productions opened in that Broadway season and Waitress is one of two that remain. The other being Hamilton.

Waitress will be a must-see next year and tickets have just gone on sale! Book now to avoid disappointed – they’ll be the best pies in London!


Tickets (from £17.50) can be bought HERE