Since taking the stage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre last year, Waitress has garnered quite the fan following—and it’s easy to understand why. Featuring original music from Sara Bareilles, the show dishes out a generous serving of comedy and storytelling, blended together with a terrific score and outstanding performances from the entire cast.
Based on the 2007 movie of the same name, Waitress follows the story of Jenna, a small-town waitress who buries her problems in mouthwatering and cleverly named pies. There’s a healthy mix of comedy and romance, however, the show serves up a much deeper story as Jenna learns sugar and butter won’t soften the blows of reality.
Putting on the leading lady’s nametag is Betsy Wolfe, who takes over after opener Jessie Mueller and a limited run by Bareilles. Though it was a big apron to fill, Wolfe wears it well, captivating audiences with her strong vocals and the sincerity she brings to Jenna’s character.
“It’s really exciting to have a show that changes depending on who is doing the role and I think people are curious to see what it looks like when someone else is doing it. They might see more of themselves in different versions of the character,” said Wolfe, noting that the show’s relatability has kept fans coming back. “The show triggers a full scope of emotions. People take a real sense of pride in this character. It’s one of those shows you can go to and leave feeling a sense of, ‘I can do better and make the world a little better.’”
Cooked up by an all-female creative team, the story, told by the score, is the main ingredient, with Bareilles’ powerful music and lyrics bringing life to each cast member, be it the awkward gynecologist Jenna has an affair with or a fellow waitress scared of a relationship.
“Her lyrics truly do tell a story,” said Wolfe. “You might not be a baker or cook, but there may be other things you do instead of taking care of yourself and those around you. This show draws attention to that in a beautiful way.”
Wolfe shines in the spotlight and her fellow cast members round out the musical with strong performances, making the entire show a treat from start to finish.
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