Waitress Delivers The Sweetest Show On Broadway
By Betsy Abraham
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.