Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Waitress (NYC)

From 4,748 member  reviews
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. More…

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.

2h 30m | Already closed | Brooks Atkinson Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (4748)


Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting
Avg Score

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

Also Pies Pies Pies. Loved them all.... Read more Read less

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.

Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing, Funny, Great music

See it if This play has a little of every thing funny, you will laugh and smile. Parts are sad.

Don't see it if Her husband has long hands with her.

Also This is one show I had no interest in going to see. BUT show-score sen... Read more Read less

Great music, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you've ever asked yourself, "Gee, why hasn't anyone ever given domestic abuse the musical treatment?" Bareilles and Mueller do great.

Don't see it if you're turned off by cheap jokes. There aren't too many, but there are certainly some eye-rolling moments.

Great staging, Refreshing, Quirky, Resonant, Funny

See it if You enjoy "chick flicks" or like musicals about empowerment told in a quirky, original way.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Sara Bareilles' music or disliked the film.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Love a fun pop score, want to see the phenomenal Jessie Mueller and the rest of the amazing cast, want to be entertained.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals (but this show is perfection!)

Good casting, Sweet, Slow, Disappointing, Too long

See it if you want to see a wonderful Jesse Mueller and a good cast, want to hear pretty music and watch a sweet story,

Don't see it if you are looking for excitement or get fidgety listening to the lead having to continuously sing with the stylized nuances of the songwriter.

Great staging, Entertaining, Romantic, Cute, Great singing

See it if You like lightweight musicals Jesse Mueller,Keala Settle,Nick Cordero Marital strife and hard working women Awesome ballads ENTERTAINMENT

Don't see it if You expect Hamilton or The Book of Mormon You find sexual scenes and spousal abuse offensive You hate pie

Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Sara Bareille.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Sara Bareille.

Entertaining, Cliched, Indulgent, Overamplified, Agreeable

See it if you are a fan of Nicolette Robinson, Sara Bareilles and/or Al Roker.

Don't see it if you are expecting anything original or moving.

Also It offers a pleasant night out for the tourist trade.

Funny, Musical about wife abuse, There's pie, Inventive staging, Entertaining

See it if want an entertaining evening of decent music & story that flashes infrequently with brilliance, and there's empowerment of women and pie

Don't see it if you can't bear idea of women taking control of their lives, need more realistic drama that deals with probable consequences, don't like pie

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you want to be entertained. It's bright and cheerful. There just isn't much depth and zero surprises.

Don't see it if you want music that stands out. For me, most songs were interchangeable. Book is very weak. VERY predictable

Indulgent, Cute, Surprisingly thought provoking considering how fluffy

See it if you’re open to women’s perspectives on infidelity, unequal relationships, & reluctant motherhood shown in a lighthearted, non-judgmental way

Don't see it if you’re expecting extraordinary music or staging

Also Unabashedly female-oriented. Even though the show is fluffy and most c... Read more Read less

Cheesy but really fun, Warmhearted, Makes you want pie

See it if you want a feel good musical w/ strong singing. After I saw it I had to go find the movie, which is also v. sweet. Jessie Mueller is super.

Don't see it if you don't like silly & sweet love stories w/ lots of wholesome adultery. Beware of baked pie aroma pumped into lobby - insidious but yummy.

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

Entertaining, Funny, Great coreography

See it if you like stories about everyday people, enjoy interesting coreography and good singing.

Don't see it if you prefer original storylines and do not enjoy micro coreography with everyday objects.

Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you want to see J. Mueller whose acting & singing are wonderful; a musical with a variety of types of scenes - silly, touching, disturbing

Don't see it if you'd be annoyed by a musical with silly scenes followed by scenes of domestic abuse no matter how good the scenes are individually

Entertaining, Funny, Affecting, Charming, Quirky

See it if you'd enjoy another star turn from Jessie Mueller in a show with humor and heart.

Don't see it if you hate pie. It is literally one of the main characters.

Banal, Shallow characterization, Unmemorable songs, Predictable ending

See it if Your friends and family from out-of-town are coming. Better - rent them the movie. It, at least, is charming.

Don't see it if You like musical theater with a)dancing & b)interesting characters, not a pastiche of bad guys, not-as-bad guys, & women with hearts of gold

April 24th, 2016
"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 clim...
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April 24th, 2016
"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 s...
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April 24th, 2016
"'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 musical...
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April 24th, 2016
"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 tha...
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