Bareilles will take the stage in the lead role of Jenna Hunterson for a limited engagement of 10 weeks beginning March 31, and ending June 11. (You can see an exclusive photo of Bareilles serving up one of Jenna’s famous pies above.)
“Waitress has turned out to be one of the great, true loves of my life, and they simply can’t get rid of me,” Bareilles said in a statement. “I consider it an incredible honor to follow the masterful work of Jessie Mueller as she so gracefully brought the character of Jenna to life, and I am thrilled to continue to tell this story that has so much heart. This show changed my life in so many ways, and I feel great privilege in joining our beloved cast and crew who make me laugh and cry ever time I watch the show. All I want is to keep sharing the love, and dear God please let me remember my lines.”
Mueller has played the role of Jenna since the show’s debut, and will play her final performance March 26.
The musical, which was one of only two new musicals from the last Broadway season to go into profit (you may have heard of the other—a little show called Hamilton), is based on the 2007 Adrienne Shelly film of the same name. It tells the story of a small-town pie maker in a loveless marriage who becomes pregnant, and begins an affair with her gynecologist, using her baking skills to help rebuild her life.
Tickets are available here.