Waitress is based on the 2007 film of the same name starring Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, and Jeremy Sisto. In 2016, it was nominated for four Tonys, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The story is about Jenna, who is stuck in a bad marriage but dreams of winning a pie contest in order to have enough money to get away. With the help of her friends and a new love interest, her future begins to look bright. But the journey is not without its struggles.
The writing for this show is great. It all started with the great script for the movie by Adrienne Shelly. Then there is the book by Jessie Nelson and the music & lyrics by Sara Bareilles. It all comes together fantastically.
The cast is excellent. Desi Oakley is excellent as Jenna. Her voice is so strong and her accent is perfect for the Southern small town setting. Nick Bailey has the tough task of playing the bad husband, and he does it with class. At the curtain call, he mouths, “I’m sorry.” Lenne Klingaman is sweet and cute as Dawn. Jeremy Morse almost steals the show as Ogie. His performance of “Never Ever Getting Rid of Me” is delightfully over the top and receives a huge applause from the crowd. Ryan G. Dunkin as Cal and Charity Angel Dawson as Becky have a great chemistry together as they bicker in the diner. Also, the band sliding in and out is a great touch.
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Fun aside: When the audience learns her husband’s name is Earl, some expect the song, “Goodbye Earl” by the Dixie Chicks to appear. “Cause Earl had to die!” they sing!
Also see our review of The Spitfire Grill, another musical that takes place in a small town diner.