Bleecker Street announced that the filmed capture of Waitress: the Musical starring Sara Bareilles is coming to movie theaters this December for a limited engagement. The musical from composer-lyricist Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson, following its world premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival is set to release nationwide on December 7, 2023 in partnership with Fathom Events as a must-see theatrical experience. The footage was captured live on stage in 2021 during the musical’s reprise run on Broadway.
Waitress stars Sara Bareilles, Eric Anderson, Charity Angél Dawson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Drew Gehling, Caitlin Houlahan, Dakin Matthews and Joe Tippett. The film was directed by Brett Sullivan, for the stage by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus, with Jessie Nelson serving as creative advisor.
Waitress was the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Diane Paulus. The design team features sets by Tony Award-winner Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting by Tony Award-winner Ken Billington, and sound by Tony Award-nominee Jonathan Deans, and music supervision by Nadia DiGiallonardo.
Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress was one of the longest-running shows in recent Broadway history. It played more than 1500 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, then returned for a limited engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre to celebrate Broadway’s re-opening in the fall of 2021.
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