- By Deborah Behrens
- Photo Courtesy of Pantages
If “sugar, butter, flour” is your culinary mantra, then Waitress is the musical for you! Featuring songs by six time Grammy (Brave, Love Song), Tony (Waitress) and Emmy Award nominee (Jesus Christ Superstar) Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland), the show tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small Southern town and loveless marriage.
With names and ingredients ranging from the eclectic (Blueberry Bacon Pie, Key Lime to Happiness Pie) to the dramatic (Betrayed By My Eggs Pie, My Husband is a Jerk Chicken Pot Pie), each concoction offers a slice of Jenna’s inner turmoil as she navigates an unexpected pregnancy, a possible new suitor and standing on her own with the support of her fellow waitresses. Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved 2007 film, this inspiring musical celebrates female workplace friendships, mother/daughter bonds and the healing powers of a homemade pie.
The Waitress tour casts young local actresses in each city to play the part of Jenna’s daughter Lulu. For the first time in the show’s history, five-year-old identical twins Catherine and Elizabeth Last from Mission Viejo will share the role.
Plays August 2-26th. For more information, click here.