Waitress (Broadway)
Closed 2h 30m
Waitress (Broadway)
87

Waitress (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(4928 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
4%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

"Waitress" is back on Broadway starring the show's creator, Sara Bareilles as pie maker Jenna.

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (4928)

Sort by:
  • Default
  • Standing in our community
  • Highest first
  • Lowest first
  • Newest first
  • Oldest first
  • Only positive
  • Only negative
  • Only mixed
815 Reviews | 889 Followers
88
Sweet, Great music, Great singing, Inspiring

See it if A familiar story well told with really great music & singers. Moving & poignant. Jessie is superb.

Don't see it if Uneven blocking. Poor view on left side. Staging is adequate. Not a huge production.

791 Reviews | 1003 Followers
84
Entertaining, Delightful, Heartwarming, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy heartwarming stories or 'chick flicks.' I saw it twice. Once w/ original cast and once with Jordin Sparks. I preferred Sparks.

Don't see it if you are looking for something heavy or serious. Although it does address a serious topic, its a light fun show w/ a good message and heart!

897 Reviews | 374 Followers
85
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You enjoy a good story, great singing, and serious topical subjects handled in a fresh smart show. Jessie Meuller is incredible!

Don't see it if You're a mysogynist. This story might be about the women but it's for everyone.

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
77
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Funny

See it if A very good musical, not great because in the first act and second act there is a very slow points. Good acting.

Don't see it if you need constant action to amuse yourself as there are lulls in the show.

507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
84
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fun

See it if You want a fun, light-hearted show with string performances. It's well-paced and funny.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie or you want a deep experience. This is light and maybe that is not your thing.

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
85
Entertaining, Resonant, Absorbing, Funny, Great singing

See it if you are interested in contemporary romance and issues raised by complex relationships. Great cast. My 95 year old mother loved it.

Don't see it if romantic love outside of marriage distresses you.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
55
Cliched, Fluffy, Overrated, Trite, Mediocre

See it if you want to see Jessie Mueller shine (as usual) in an otherwise simplistic, uninspired musical; you are a Sara Bareilles fan.

Don't see it if you expect more than a flimsy, emotionally manipulative rom-com where moral quandaries (domestic abuse, adultery, etc) are played for laughs

don
506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
90
Clever, Entertaining, Resonant, Great singing

See it if Were lucky to see Sara B. herself & Gavin Creel. So very good .Songs by Sara B perfect The roles by diner owner and boss very well .see.

Don't see it if Is 2016 so long ago to be able to present Dr./Patient intimacy, Some racism, marriage brutality etc? Read more

Critic Reviews (53)

The New York Times
April 24th, 2016
For a previous production

"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."
Read more

Time Out New York
April 24th, 2016
For a previous production

"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."
Read more

New York Magazine / Vulture
April 24th, 2016
For a previous production

"'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."
Read more

The Hollywood Reporter
April 24th, 2016
For a previous production

"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."
Read more

Entertainment Weekly
April 24th, 2016
For a previous production

"'Waitress' is a sweet slice of a show that shines with the help of a star ingredient: Tony winner Jessie Mueller...Bareilles has crafted an upbeat, tuneful score that sounds akin to the pop sounds she’s known for with layered harmonies and ballads alongside lively numbers...'Waitress' is warm and endearing, but, like Jenna, it yearns to go somewhere it can’t quite get to. Luckily, the sweetest moments are filling enough."
Read more

Variety
April 24th, 2016
For a previous production

"'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."
Read more

The Wall Street Journal
April 25th, 2016
For a previous production

"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.'"
Read more

Deadline
April 24th, 2016
For a previous production

"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."
Read more

Watch This Next (3)

87
Excellent
27 Reviews
Opens May 26
NYC: East Village

A modern-day reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet centered around a queer, Black man. 

83
Great
5K+ Reviews
Ends Sep 2022
NYC: Midtown W

A long-running revival of Kander and Ebb's satirical musical about lust, treachery, and murder.

81
Great
44 Reviews
Ends Jun 26
NYC: Chelsea

New York premiere of a play shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.