Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It's an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and 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.
“WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don't miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
We celebrate Adrienne Shelly as the writer of the 2007 film WAITRESS, on which our wonderful musical is based. An actor and filmmaker for almost 20 years, she conceived the film while pregnant with her daughter Sophie ("Lulu" in the film), and wrote it in just two weeks. People often ask if Adrienne was a baker, loved pies or if she had been a waitress or had ever lived in the South. She hadn't. In fact, Sophie was the inspiration for the story. Like many expectant mothers, Adrienne wondered how motherhood would change her life and impact her career. But just like her main character Jenna, once she saw her baby, she immediately fell in love! And she soon realized that she could in fact have it all. In many ways WAITRESS, and Jenna's story, is Adrienne's story as well.
Her legacy has many facets, including The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, which her husband Andy created after her death in 2006. With partners including Sundance, AFI, IFP, Women in Film, Columbia University and Boston University (Adrienne's Alma Mater), and an advisory board that includes Paul Rudd, Michelle Williams and Keri Russell, ASF's mission is Supporting Women Filmmakers. Since its inception it has awarded 60 production grants to very talented women all over the world.
Please visit www.adrienneshellyfoundation.org to honor Adrienne's memory and support ASF's critical artistic mission.