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Show spotlight: Waitress

In today's post, Lily shines a spotlight on Sara Bareilles's musical with baking at its heart - Waitress!


Music & lyrics by Sara Bareilles

Book by Jessie Nelson

Based on 2007 movie, Waitress

Premiered at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway, 24th April 2016


Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and pie maker at Joe's Diner, stuck in a loveless marriage in a small town. She escapes her world by baking up eccentric pie fillings for customers. When she falls unexpectedly pregnant with her abusive husband, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, entering a pie contest to create a new life for herself and her new baby. Written by American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and produced by an all-female creative team, the show premiered at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway in April 2016. Since then, it has continued to warm the hearts of audiences worldwide with its story of love.


When I first heard Sara Bareilles' "What Baking Can Do," I felt an immediate connection with the song because I believe in the transformative power of baking. I instantly fell in love with the inspiring message of this musical, that you have the ability to change your life, no matter how impossible it may seem. Jenna's qualities make her a contemporary role model which is why her story has struck a chord with audiences throughout the world.


(Original Broadway)

Jenna Hunterson : Jessie Mueller

Dr Jim Pomatter : Drew Gehling

Earl Hunterson : Nick Cordero

Becky : Keala Settle

Dawn Williams : Kimiko Glenn

Joe/Josie : Dakin Matthews

Ogie Anhorn : Christopher Fitzgerald

Cal : Eric Anderson

Nurse Norma : Charity Angel Dawson

Lulu : Claire Keane/McKenna Keane


  • Waitress is currently on tour around the UK and I was lucky enough to see it last year at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Discover the tour dates and find out more at https://www.waitressthemusical.co.uk/

  • Listen to the Original Cast Recording on YouTube

  • Watch videos from the Waitress YouTube Channel to discover more about how the show has grown.

  • Follow the US cast on tour in their Pie a la road vlog series hosted by Desi Oakley here.

Join me in “my own little corner” of the internet next time as I shine a spotlight on my featured song from Waitress - What Baking Can Do.

See you next matinee day!