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Sara Bareilles' 'Waitress' is Broadway's first musical with all-female creative team

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Alan Markfield

Waitress hasn’t debuted on Broadway yet, but it’s already making history. The production has announced that choreographer Lorin Latarro will join Jessie Nelson, Sara Bareilles and Diane Paulus in bringing the show to the Great White Way, marking the first time in Broadway history that a musical has had an all-female creative team.

The stage was set in 1978 thanks to the musical Runaways, which featured a book, score, direction and choreography solely by Elizabeth Swados, but Waitress marks the first time four women will make up the traditional creative team.

“I’m thrilled that Waitress is breaking boundaries as the first Broadway musical with book, score, choreography and direction by a team of women,” Paulus said in a press release. “It’s a historic and long overdue moment for Broadway, and I’m honored to be working alongside such passionate and inspiring women.” 

The all-star cast of Waitress includes Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful), Eric Anderson (Kinky Boots), Christopher Fitzgerald (Young Frankenstein), Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys), Kimiko Glenn (Orange Is The New Black) and Keala Settle (Les Miserables.)  Directed by Paulus with music and lyrics by Bareilles and a book by Nelson, the musical is based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelly and tells the story of Jenna (Mueller), a small-town waitress and pie maker in an unhappy marriage who becomes unexpectedly pregnant. She’given a chance to change everything thanks to a baking contest…and the arrival of a handsome new stranger.

Waitress opens April 24, 2016, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Previews begin on March 25.

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