The hit Broadway musical Waitress will come to Australia in 2020, it was announced today. Sara Bareilles’ musical, with a book by Jessie Nelson, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Diane Paulus, will play in the Lyric Theatre, brought out by theatre producer John Frost in what is being billed as a Sydney exclusive. Productions of Chicago and Saturday Night Fever will also come to Sydney in 2019, opening at the Lyric and Capitol Theatre respectively.
“I am so excited to bring these three wonderful, diverse productions to light up Sydney stages and thrill audiences,” said Frost. “Waitress has become a huge hit on Broadway and across the US, receiving four Tony nominations and six Drama Desk nominations. With music by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, Waitress has quickly become the new ‘must see’ musical.”
Charity Angel Dawson, Desi Oakley and Lenne Klingaman in Waitress. Photo © Joan Marcus
Inspired by the 2007 film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress who sees a way out of her small town and unhappy marriage in a pie making competition. The first Broadway musical in history to have women in the four top creative team spots, received Tony nominations for Best Music, Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and the album received a nomination for a Grammy.
“Fresh and delicious, Waitress has an excellent ratio of sweet to tart,” David Cote wrote in a review for Timeout New York. “Supporting characters who provide crustiness (Dakin Matthews’s grumbly store owner) and flakiness (Christopher Fitzgerald’s loony admirer of another waitress); and cooked-to-perfection staging by Diane Paulus. The whole dish is –please forgive me – love at first bite.”