Just a day after opening on Broadway, the new musical Waitress is already prepping ingredients to serve up performances all across the country.
A national tour of the stage musical — which marks the Broadway composing debut of Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles — will launch at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square on Oct. 17, 2017 before heading across the States.
Waitress stars Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Jenna, an ambitious small-town waitress who dreams of escaping her loveless marriage and pursuing her dreams (which may or may not involve her affinity for pie baking), but an unexpected pregnancy and a potential new romance throw corkscrews into her plan.
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The show is adapted from Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 sleeper hit film, which starred Keri Russell as Jenna. The musical is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus and features a book by Jessie Nelson. Bareilles released a studio album of songs from the score — titled What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress — in November 2015.
Waitress began life at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts before opening on Broadway on April 24; it’s been breaking records at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre since previews began in March.