On September 3, Broadway’s “Waitress” had a gross box office revenue of $197,878. It broke the record of the Ethel Barrymore Theater. The previous single show box office record – US$184,476, was held by Daniel Craig’s “Betrayal”. Waitress returned to Broadway with Grammy Award winner Sara Bareilles on September 2nd. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 2016 for her work as the composer of the play. And once again played Jenna’s core role.
Waitress and how to break a box office
The movie of the same name gave the inspiration for Waitress. It tells the story of Jenna. She’s a waitress and pie expert trapped in a small town and experienced a marriage without love. When baking competitions in nearby counties provide her with a chance to escape, Jenna must weigh her promise with the rare opportunity for freedom and recognition.
The original Broadway work opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on April 24, 2016. It became the first Broadway musical in history to have four women among four top creative spots. With composer Bareilles, book writer Jessie Nelson, director Diane Paulus, and choreographer Lorin Latarro. This work played 33 previews and 1,544 regular performances before the end of January 5, 2020. It won four Tony nominations, including best original soundtrack and best musical.
The return engagement, running through January 9, 2022, features Bareilles as Jenna through October 17. The cast also includes Christopher Fitzgerald in his Tony-nominated performance as Ogie, Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Charity Angél Dawson as Becky, Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn, Eric Anderson as Cal, Dakin Matthews as Joe, and Joe Tippett as Earl. Rounding out the company are Tyrone Davis, Jr., Matt DeAngelis, and Nyla Watson. Almost all are alums of the show’s previous Broadway and/or touring productions.
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick, set by Scott Pask, costume by Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting by Christopher Akerlind, and voice by Jonathan Deans. Nadia DiGiallonardo is the music director. The casting is provided by Telsey + Company.
Credits: playbill.com; newyorkcitytheatre.com
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