‘Waitress the Musical’ Proshot Set for World Premiere
Waitress the Musical has announced that the musical’s proshot, which was filmed when the production returned to Broadway in 2021, is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The festival will run from June 7-18, 2023 in New York City.
Sara Bareilles, who wrote the music and lyrics for the musical and starred as Jenna Hunterson in previous runs, plays Jenna in the film. She is joined by Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Charity Angél Dawson as Becky, Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn, Christopher Fitzgerald as Ogie, Eric Anderson as Cal, Dakin Matthews as Joe, and Joe Tippett as Earl.
Based on the 2007 film of the same name written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress follows Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. It features a book by Jessie Nelson and direction by Diane Paulus.
Waitress opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway in April 2016 and closed on January 5, 2020. It reopened on September 2021 for a limited run starring Bareilles as Jenna mainly to produce the live stage recording. It was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Musical Score by Bareilles.