One of the most anticipated new musicals of the season has announced its beloved lead who led the show during its out-of-town tryout will bring the show to Broadway later this season. While many may not have known the American Repertory Theatre 10 years ago, it’s impossible to ignore the regional theatre that has produced some of the best Broadway revivals and new works in recent years. This season, they’re collaborating with one of the best known musicians in the music business to bring a brand new musical to Broadway. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Jessie Mueller will lead Waitress to Broadway this spring!
Waitress is a new musical that features music and lyric by Sara Bareilles with a book by Jessie Nelson. Based on the motion picture by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, whose stuck in a small time life and a marriage lacking love. When the nearby county’s baking contest offers her a chance at recognition, Jenna finds herself weighing a chance at escape against her commitments. She must decide herself what the true recipe for happiness as local customers, co-workers and more offer their opinions as well.
Producers of the Broadway bound Waitress musical confirmed today that Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Pictured Right) would recreate her leading role from the American Repertory Theatre’s sold out run of the production earlier this year. The production is slated to hit Broadway later this season taking up residence at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Producers also officially announced dates noting the show would begin previews March 25th, 2015 and officially open April 24th. With the cut off date for the 2015-16 season being April 26th, Waitress will be one of the last productions to open this season.
At this time no official casting, besides Mueller, have been announced for Broadway. At the A.R.T. run of the show, the cast included Mueller as Jenna, Jeanna de Waal as Dawn, Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Dakin Matthews as Joe, Keala Settle as Becky, Eric Anderson as Cal, Jeremy Morse as Ogie and Joe Tippett as Earl. The ensemble included Charity Angel Dawson, David Jennings, Corey Mach, Ragan Pharris, Cullen R. Titmas and Stephanie Torns. Emily Afton and Ben Sidell served as swings for the production.
The Broadway production will be helmed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pictured Left) with choreography by Chase Brock. The rest of the creative team includes Scott Pask as scenic designer, Suttirat Larlarb as costume designer, Ken Posner as lighting designer and Jonathan Deans as sound designer. The production is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Waitress heads to Broadway this spring! Plenty of more details ranging from casting to the production’s official artwork are still to come! We can’t wait to see what this new musical is cooking up for this season! For more information, visit Waitress The Musical‘s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!