Sugar. Butter. Flour. This is what it takes to create one of my favorite musicals to date in Waitress the musical! Waitress at the Dr. Phillips Center March 20-25th still has tickets available and as I said of Matilda last year, this show left me in awe of the entire production. I’d recommend this one to the ladies, though men may enjoy it as well. Waitress isn’t a smart choice for the children’s audience though as the main themes are abuse and infidelity.
The relatively new Broadway musical builds strength mainly from the cast. If it is set design or costuming that floats your boat you won’t find it on this stage. The music, with song lyrics written by Sara Bareilles, and the stars are the meat of the production which had me laughing and crying simultaneously.
Waitress is based on the movie of the same name about a woman named Jenna who works at the local diner making delicious pies. However, she’s also in an abusive, loveless marriage and finds out she is pregnant. When Jenna falls for her Obstetrician her life finally seems to be looking up. Even more so when the owner of the diner tells her about a pie baking contest in a neighboring town where the winner will take home $20,000. Finally a way out of her life. But soon her so-called happy ending begins to unravel.
Not only did I love the movie but Waitress the musical is one of the most moving and entertaining productions I’ve seen in years. I was considering seeing this next time I flew to New York and I’m glad I was able to see Waitress during Broadway in Orlando.
*Big thanks to Dr. Phillips Center for the tickets received for review.