The cooking competition may have just started but Waitress is already cooking up to be a winner. The new musical, in a season flooded with them, has managed to make headlines in its first weekend alone. A strong sign of support among theatre goers in a season where practically every Broadway theatre not filled with a longtime running hit is set to receive a new production this spring. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Waitress managed to cook up a box office breaking record in its first weekend of performances on Broadway!
Waitress, the new Broadway musical based off of the 2007 film of the same title, broke box office records at its new home, The Brooks Atkinson, in its first weekend of performances. The new musical managed to rake in $145,532 for a single performance over the weekend, the largest in the theater’s history. Waitress began previews March 25th and is scheduled to officially open April 24th, 2016 at The Brooks Atkinson Theater. Twitter user Matt Markowski (@TheaterBackdoor) shared the photo right from this weekend showing audiences outside the theater. The musical transfers to Broadway this spring following a sold-out engagement at the American Repertory Theatre this past summer. The show will mark the Broadway debut for Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles taking on musical theatre.
Waitress, a new musical featuring music and lyric by Sara Bareilles with a book by Jessie Nelson, is based on the motion picture by Adrienne Shelly telling the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, whose stuck in a small time life and a marriage lacking love. When the nearby county’s baking contest offers her a chance at recognition, Jenna finds herself weighing a chance at escape against her commitments. She must decide herself what the true recipe for happiness as local customers, co-workers and more offer their opinions as well.
Luner Lowdown: Waitress, one of the most highly anticipated new musicals of the season, has managed to score headlines and mark out its ground in its first previews on Broadway. A box office record in the first weekend of performances shows fans, both theatre and Bareilles’ related, are not joking around when it comes to supporting this new musical. I have no doubt Waitress will continue to produce high grosses weekly not only because of Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles involvement but the entire company. It only helps Bareilles released an album, pictured right, teasing of what the production would sound like from her own perspective this past Fall. From Tony Award winner Diane Paulus at the helm to Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller cooking up this production on stage each night, Waitress has lined itself as a massive contender to deal with in a season of blockbusters.
Stay tuned for more exciting news that Waitress manages to cook up during it’s preview period on Broadway this spring as the show head’s towards opening night later this season!
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