‘Waitress’ Review: A Musical Slice Of Sweet Joy Drizzled With Female Empowerment

Deadline | 8/6/2018 | Dino-Ray Ramos
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In Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson’s stage musical adaptation of the feature film Waitress, there’s a purity and innocence baked into the sweet story which follows, like the title suggests, a small-town waitress who unexpectedly gets pregnant from her abusive husband and escapes reality by baking spectacularly quirky pies and develops a relationship with her so-dorky-that-he’s-charming doctor. But rumbling through this musical’s sun-kissed score is a story about the treatment of women —especially now. Once the musical reconciles the toxic bitterness of that unfortunate and all-too-familiar story of abuse, the sweetness of the musical becomes even sweeter, giving a story of female empowerment, choice, and removing horrible people out of your life and surrounding yourself with a foundation of support so that you can live your best life.

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History - Waitress - Film - Nuance - Circumstances

The history behind the Waitress film gives more emotional nuance considering the unfortunate circumstances in which it premiered. Adrienne Shelly, the film’s writer/director/star of the film, was murdered before its premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival where it would land at Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film, which also starred Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, and Cheryl Hines, went on to garner acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Fast-forward to 2015 and the film took the stage in musical form thanks to Bareilles and Nelson, earning four Tony Award nominations and blazing a trail as the first Broadway show created by a team of women.

In its first touring production, Waitress takes residency at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Pantages Theater from now until Aug. 26. Waitress marks Bareilles’ first musical and the Grammy-nominated artist puts her signature strolling musical panache on the adaptation, making for an even-handed and honey-dipped score that is modern with pop sensibilities and has the perfect amount of fairytale folksy...
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