Friday, July 22, 2016

Waitress: Flakey, Crusty, Sweet

 Waitress opened in April of 2016,
just in time to be considered for this year's Tony Awards.
It stars Jessie Mueller (center) as Jenna,
Keala Settle (left) as Becky, and Kimiko Glenn (right) as Dawn.

 It's based on the 2007 movie of the same name,
written and directed by Adrienne Shelly,
(murdered before the film's release).
Above Drew Gehling as the gynecologist/affair(!!),
with Jessie.

Before this production,
Jessie Mueller starred in the Carole King musical, Beautiful.
Her performance in Waitress and the Bareilles score 
"scored" high with the critics...
tho the direction and dance were deemed
"borderline cheesy." 

Composer/lyricist Sara Bareilles, Jessie and Director Diane Paulus.
The production made history
in that all top four creative spots were filled by women:
Music, Book, Direction, and Choreography.
The last musical to make that claim was Runaways,
back in 1978!?!?!

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