Erin Conley – On Stage and Screen
You cannot walk five feet in the Pantages Theatre without encountering a bunch of mini pies for sale, perfectly setting the scene for Waitress, the hit Broadway musical that opened in Los Angeles for the first time last night.
Rob Stevens – Haines His Way
In 2007 writer/director/actress Adrienne Shelly created a little gem of an independent film entitled Waitress. Unfortunately Shelly was murdered before the film’s debut. In 2015 playwright Jesse Nelson and songwriter Sara Bareilles turned the story of three waitresses and their love lives in a small Southern town into a Broadway musical.
Ellen Dostal – BroadwayWorld
Can eating a pie be a religious experience? It can if it was made by Jenna, the diner waitress in the Broadway musical WAITRESS, who turns ordinary ingredients like butter, sugar, and flour into mouthwatering slices of life in a pie tin. Her magical creations run the gamut from Deep (Shit) Dish Blueberry Bacon Pie and Mermaid Marshmallow Pie, to Lonely Chicago Pie and I Can’t Have No Affair Because It’s Wrong and I Don’t Want Earl to Kill Me Pie. Each one encapsulates an incident ripped from the headlines of real life and together they create the backbone of this heartwarming story of female empowerment.
Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw
Easy as it is to bemoan the current trend of turning movies into Broadway musicals, Waitress, now playing at the Pantages in Hollywood, is proof that Broadway shows can still tell beautiful stories, even when they’re based on movies that came out over a decade ago.
Jessie Nelson’s book and Sara Bareilles’ mellifluous score work together beautifully to tell the story. The narrative is straightforward and easy to follow, yet full of beautiful nuanced moments, thanks to Diane Paulus’ direction and Lorin Latarro’s choreography. The scope of the action isn’t huge, but the piece is a gorgeous fully-realized portrait.
Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze
Though a few of its ingredients are so right, so much is so wrong with “Waitress,” the musical now at the Pantages.
Now running through August 26