Waitress - A Review
“Sugar. Butter. Flour.” Sounds like a delicious mix, right? But this new Broadway sensation is actually desperately looking for a recipe for happiness.
Jenna (played by Betsy Wolfe) is an unhappy waitress struggling with her troubled professional and personal life. While the plot may seem unoriginal and conforming with other familiar stories about females searching for inner strength, the show is actually sweet, sassy and engaging.
The problematic life of Jenna is being transformed by her dreams and bravery. After all, we all need a bit of solace in our lives (and why not a piece of warm pie?).
Speaking of pies, Jenna enters a local baking contest that is to bring her courage back. However, the leading character is not entirely alone in her endeavors to start afresh. Her co-workers and the diner`s owner Joe are helping her find the recipe for the life she deserves.
Sara Bareilles is delivering irresistible numbers, a wonderful mix between country music and Broadway pop-balladry. The book by screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland) are pleasing the audience with an overall feeling of intimacy and empowerment, as Chris Jones wrote for the Chicago Tribune. It is not surprising, taking into account that the creative team is all-female.
Waitress is Broadway`s brand new guilty pleasure. This musical is just like comfort food – tasty and uplifting. There are moments when you need just that. And some unforgettable melodies that can set your heart racing, of course.
Well, Waitress got all the ingredients to make you happy. Really, you need to try this – it`s the best pie in town!