Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

About the show

Inspired by the film of the same name, the Broadway musical 'Waitress' features songs by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.

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Jenna is a waitress and expert pie maker in a small town who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus.


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85
New York Post

"From score to casting, book to staging, everything comes together with a deceiving ease. Jessie Mueller is the heart and soul of the show as Jenna. No wonder she takes so easily to Bareilles’ score: The songwriter’s piano-driven style combines storytelling and catchy melodies...The show is also better than the movie in how it creates a tightknit, affectionate community onstage." Full Review

75
The New York Times

"Much of the score is appealing. But the book tends to flatten most of the characters into comic cartoons...'Waitress' taps into its wellsprings of universal feeling with a slick surface professionalism rather than anything approaching real depth...It is when Mueller tears into the musical’s climactic number that her talents are most movingly harnessed...Suddenly, a pleasant and polished but weightless musical comedy rises to transporting heights, and sweeps up your heart along with it." Full Review

90
Theatermania

"The cast and creative team behind 'Waitress' pulls off a rare feat: They give us a big, happy musical comedy that simultaneously manages to push the form in exciting ways. 'Waitress' is a definite winner...The earnest anxiety of the story is superbly conveyed through a score by singer-songwriter Bareilles...Her gorgeous lyrics move the plot forward while deepening the emotional world of the characters, bringing the best of a pop sensibility to musical theater." Full Review

70
Variety

"'Waitress' owes its sweetness to the mouth-watering goodness of Jessie Mueller...The musical resorts to comic overkill to create characters. But Sara Bareilles has written a charming score that suits the quirky material and Mueller’s dazzling voice and endearing personality...There are good things in the second act, which is more lyrical and less silly...Too bad it took so long to get here." Full Review

70
New York Magazine / Vulture

"'Waitress' is clearly, passionately, and for the most part delightfully a feminist musical....'Waitress' can be an uncomfortable genre mix: domestic-violence drama and workplace romcom. That’s in the source material, and the musicalization exaggerates it. What I didn’t expect is that the musicalization could also help to justify the mismatch. As the story rushed toward its conclusion, I began to understand that for these characters, life itself is an uncomfortable genre mix." Full Review

80
The Huffington Post

"Filled with prime ingredients, the evening is a tasty, satisfying, feel-good delight...Bareilles does a satisfactory job in her stage debut. Yes, there are a handful of numbers that entertain while not necessarily helping the musical along. Even so, the score is entertaining, likable, and supportive of the characters...Jessie Nelson takes the story and moves it along swiftly, landing big laughs along the way. Director Diane Paulus does an especially strong job." Full Review

90
Time Out New York

"Fresh and delicious, 'Waitress' has an excellent ratio of sweet to tart; supporting characters who provide crustiness and flakiness; and cooked-to-perfection staging. The whole dish is love at first bite...Jessie Nelson’s broadly comic yet brooding book meshes wonderfully with a frisky, bright score by pop star Sara Bareilles...For all its folksy one-liners and radio-friendly sound, 'Waitress' has a subversive, feminist side." Full Review

70
Lighting & Sound America

“Truth be told, Bareilles' music, marked by bouncy piano vamps and melodies that sometimes ache with longing, are generally better than her lyrics...Overall, this is a fairly auspicious debut...The trouble with ‘Waitress’ lies in the book, which is much broader and brassier than its source material, it gets carried away with its wacky secondary characters...It's a show best enjoyed in its more intimate moments; every time it adopts hard-sell tactics, much of its charm fades away.” Full Review

60
The Guardian (UK)

"The resulting musical is both sweet and bitter and only sporadically satisfying...Under Diane Paulus’ direction, the show at times seems to struggle to fill the stage. The book, written by Jessie Nelson and based on the film script, is nicely witty. But the choreography seems an afterthought, and the songs, by Sara Bareilles, are tuneful, yet often strangely reticent, as though meant to be sung quietly to oneself rather than loudly before a crowd.” Full Review

80
DC Theatre Scene

"There are good reasons to savor 'Waitress,' the sweet and tart new musical confection about love and pie, deliciously performed...Diane Paulus directs with her usual verve, but, in keeping with the material, more down-home and laid-back than usual...Bareilles has written a score full of pleasing songs...The lyrics won’t make Sondheim jealous; the plot is both implausible and yet fairly predictable. But what 'Waitress' leaves us with is the affection evident among the characters." Full Review

70
Front Row Center

"'Waitress' is a musical that will leave you verklempt because of Sara Bareilles’ sublime music, but seriously unsatisfied with the decision to over-stuff this story…To use the pie analogy, this team took sugar, butter, flour and added chocolate, cinnamon, lemons, ginger, molasses, minced meat and--you get the idea...On the plus side of everything is Jesse Mueller, whose skill at delivering a whole universe in a song is astonishing...I cannot wait to hear these songs again." Full Review

85
The Hollywood Reporter

"Echoing a weakness in the original screen source, Paulus and Latarro could be criticized for overplaying the whimsy. But the material is anchored at every step by Bareilles' melodious pop score and Mueller's supremely natural performance as Jenna...The ballads are not Broadway-style songs in that they advance the plot, but they do something just as vital, which is to deepen our affection for the characters and our access to their inner lives." Full Review

25
The Wall Street Journal

"A tourist-trap rom-com that has little to offer but Ms. Mueller and her fine supporting cast...Everything that happens in 'Waitress' is as familiar as a cafeteria salad...Jessie Nelson’s book is full of holes...Ms. Bareilles has no notion of how to write for the stage. Her tunes are flat and unmemorably unhummable, and she shoves so many words into each stanza that none of them stand out...Ms. Mueller, on the other hand, is so good that you’ll actively resent the mediocrity of 'Waitress.'" Full Review

80
AM New York

"It’s a tall order to combine romantic comedy with troubling depictions of spousal abuse...Nevertheless, the characters are authentic and surprising, and it ends with a heartwarming climax...Bareilles’ country-flavored, cute and quirky, introspective songs are nicely integrated into Jessie Nelson’s book...A few questionable choices stick out, like putting the band prominently onstage on a moving platform...Mueller looks browbeaten most of the time, but she has a warm aura and a stunning voice." Full Review

10
Talkin' Broadway

"Librettist Nelson, songwriter Bareilles, and director Paulus struggle mightily with such elemental theatrical-cooking concepts as ingredients, blending, and seasoning, resulting in a show that is unquestionably flavorless...Bareilles's songs aren't terrible, but they are terrible theatre music...Paulus's direction is fluid but watery, the choreography is at once energetic and listless, and the design looks drab and cheap." Full Review

85
Chicago Tribune

"It is the warmth of the ensemble, the intimate harmonics of Sara Bareilles' music, the fluid fusion of Diane Paulus' staging and, above all, the flaky layers of vulnerability exposed by the show's golden star, Jessie Mueller, that matter most...Mueller's is a performance stripped of condescension, lived in the moment and rich in musical pleasures...Paulus and Latarro know when to use their ensemble and when to keep it in the booths and leave the stage to Mueller." Full Review

85
Deadline

"The positives far outnumber the negatives...The score is a beaut. Bareilles covers the territory with ballads, beautiful choral numbers, big dance numbers and Jenna’s killer anthems. The cast is pleasingly diverse without shouting about it...'Waitress' is a feel-good show that’s no mere guilty pleasure. It’s got soul and heart, sweetness and crust all in fine measure." Full Review

90
Front Mezz Junkies

"From the first note sung of this beautiful new musical, we know we are in for a mystical and creative piece of musical deliciousness...It’s a beautiful piece of non-classic Broadway songwriting, that floats and swirls like an wonderful aroma. The harmonies and the melodies are just plain delectable...When that timer rang that this inventive pie of a show was done, I can only tell you how delicious it all was." Full Review

90
CurtainUp

“Confirms the Paulus flair for remaining true to her source, but adding the necessary ingredients to make it resonate as a crowd-pleasing musical...A most commendable Broadway debut for singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles...her ability to mix pop, country and R&B serve her well. Her lyrics for the most part display a genuine feel for supporting characters....'Waitress' is handsomely and inventively staged." Full Review

55
The Wrap

"Paulus’s direction and Nelson’s book never let us forget that Jenna is a victim...The result of all this is that the men’s behavior overwhelms the show...Harsh sound design turns 'Waitress' into the most over-amplified show on Broadway...Paulus has admirably directed a small-scale, low-tech show in every other respect...The imaginative visuals are at total odds with the obtrusive audio...Bareilles has written a couple of sweet duets. She’s good when she keeps it small. " Full Review

85
The Associated Press

"A great recipe: Take terrific songs by Bareilles, mix them to a story by Nelson that isn't too sugary, bake that with intimate, understated direction by Paulus and top it off with a powerhouse performance by Mueller...Nelson's script sometimes drifts toward icky sweetness but always seems to quickly cut it with a dash of vinegar...If you're hungry for a heartfelt gooey musical with a molten star in the middle, order up a slice of 'Waitress'." Full Review

90
CitiTour

"Smartly, the right ingredients for a crowd-pleasing theatrical entertainment have been mixed here: Sara Bareilles’ catchy pop-theatrical score, Diane Paulus’ steady and relatively unshowy direction, and a first-rate cast led by the finest ingredient of them all: the amazing Jessie Mueller...Every conflict in Jenna’s life feels entirely real in Mueller’s expert hands...I suspect some viewers will be coming back for seconds." Full Review

80
Newsday

"'Waitress' is really very sweet. Sometimes, like the pies our beleaguered heroine bakes with such otherworldly finesse, such goodness can also get a bit cloying...The distinctions here include a rousing, comfort-food pop score by Sara Bareilles, the singer-songwriter in her confident Broadway composing debut, and the can’t-miss casting of Jessie Mueller...Diane Paulus is in her down-the-middle commercial mood. This new one is an old-fashioned, well-crafted production." Full Review

25
NorthJersey.com

“The show's problem is that this tale is rendered toothless by being told through the clichés of musical comedy, and with enough cuteness to put a litter of kittens to shame...Jessie Nelson has assembled a grab-bag of showbiz conventions, with director Diane Paulus a willing collaborator...Spreading the material around, songs are given to a number of supporting characters...in Sara Bareilles' serviceable but unmemorable score.” Full Review

90
WNBC

"It’s easy as pie to fall for 'Waitress'...Deliciousness is on the menu...Mueller’s performance is nicely balanced...Mueller’s also a perfect fit for Bareilles’s alternately sorrowful and empowering songs...'Waitress' does a swell job illustrating the shades of gray in human relationships..Jessie Nelson’s book is sharp. 'Waitress' is more than capably directed by Diane Paulus. The pie is ready. Leave room for second helpings." Full Review

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90
Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if I saw it with Sara Barielles and Jason Marz and they were excellent! The show is just great itself!

Don't see it if .....

80
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy Sara Bareilles music, ok even if you disliked the movie

Don't see it if extramarital affairs are offensive plot to you

Also Actually managed to see one of Jessie Mueller's last performances

84
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a frothy musical about the longing to escape one's current life situation. A screen-to-stage drama that sings with warmth + grit.

Don't see it if you can't stand a lot of pies and a bunch of talented women signing and talking about female issues. Go see it anyway. Pies smell so good!

85
Funny, Quirky, Cliched, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if you want to have a bit of escapism and don't mind a little overly sexual behavior

Don't see it if you want something that will last long after you leave the theater

77
Raunchy, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great staging, Vulgar

See it if you are a fan of the movie, book, or pies. You are comfortable with uninspired music, and normalizing of immorality for the sake of fun

Don't see it if you prefer something classy. This has vulgar portions where it doesn't need to be. I've seen sexy on Broadway done well, this wasn't it.

60
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if Waitress relies to heavily on casting because the story is semi-charming but not engaging or even, at times, interesting.

Don't see it if Every cast member, not well developed, gets to sing a song or two. Like a recipe to any pie, this musical feels quite structure.

81
Funny, Enchanting, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You like pop/singer-songwriter musicals; you want a contemporary, fun, and light story.

Don't see it if You want a very memorable score with hit tunes; you want a 'broadway' musical with tap numbers, etc.

90
Charming, Entertaining, Sweet, Warm, Earthy

See it if You are game to be surprised by a totally lovely musical. Expected to be underwhelmed and was shocked how much I enjoyed it. Great score!

Don't see it if You do not like musicals.

83
Delightful, Refreshing, Romantic, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want a light hearted female empowering show

Don't see it if You want something thought provoking

91
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Sara Bareilles and want to see a moving story about strong women.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to the topic of abuse and unwanted pregnancy.

90
Clever, Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are in the mood for something light and funny. Great singing, fun story that will leave you feeling good as you leave theater.

Don't see it if No reason to not to see. Great show with a great cast.

88
Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a fun show. The show is entertaining and songs are catchy. Was a good musical.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals and stories about the home town girl.

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of the movie and/or you a fan of the music of Sara Bareilles.

Don't see it if you need more musical variety in your musicals, or more weight.

97
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are a sucker for a great story and a wonderful adaptation of the movie. The songs are wonderful. I saw it twice and would see it again.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie. But who didn't like the movie?

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of the movie you will love this. Not your typical love story but a love story nonetheless.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fairy tale love story ending, or if you didn't like the movie.

92
Delightful, Romantic, Hilarious, Great singing, Tender

See it if Simple yet effective songs that play with your heart. Relatable storyline with a delightful cast. A kind of musical to put a smile on you

Don't see it if Romantic comedy with surprising acceptance of casual cheating of wives and husbands.

Also Fortunate to see Sara Bareilles perform. The scene with the turtle was... Read more Read less

45
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Dated

See it if you love Sara Bareilles and characters with no morals.

Don't see it if you like character and story development.

52
Quirky, Cliched, Great singing, Pleasant

See it if You're in the mood for something simple and sweet and sad—though not too exhausting

Don't see it if You want a feel-good show or something to really sink your teeth into

Also It's a not-too-shabby musical of the modern form, which is to say that... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like a fun piece of entertainment that will have you smiling

Don't see it if you are looking for something deep or meaningful

90
Funny, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoyed the movie or Sara Bareilles' music. Definite fun time at the theatre.

Don't see it if you dislike Sara Bareilles' music, relationship drama, or pie.

Also The cast did an amazing job, but the stand-out were definitely Stephan... Read more Read less

77
Cute enough, not outstanding

See it if you like happy endings & singing about problems The dancing of Christopher Fitzgerald is worth the price of admission alone

Don't see it if you don't like a sappy story

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Sweet

See it if you want to be cheered by some lovely, harmonious singing & exuberant acting. No matter if you don't know the film (I didn't) or Bareilles.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for sustained girl power or hokey romantics; you're averse to husband-as-brute characters or "sappy" lyrics & scenes.

Also There were seven cast substitutions (including two of the leads) when ... Read more Read less

65
Over miked, over sung, disappointing adaptation. uneven casting

See it if You love Betsy Wolfe. Nice staging, tho the usual "busy distracting staging"

Don't see it if You don't mind Betsy Wolfe oversinging her mike. The sound again suffers from distortion at times, it was 'unlistenable' and unintelligible.

Also I love this film despite its skewed ethical center, but it requires a ... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Great movie to stage adaption. Great music and overall good time

Don't see it if You are looking for a play or something that will be really rivetting.

80
Clever, Quirky, Romantic, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You like fun, silly and quirky stories

Don't see it if You have a problem with romanticizing infidelity.



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