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Sara Bareilles‘ next album is ready to be served.
The singer-songwriter announced on Thursday that her fourth studio album — which will be released this fall through Epic Records — will feature songs from the upcoming Broadway musical Waitress, for which she wrote both music and lyrics. Recorded with her oft-producer Neal Avron and entitled What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress, the album will be led by the single “She Used to Be Mine,” which will hit iTunes and all digital retailers on Friday.
The musical, which begins previews in March before its April opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, is wrapping its hit tryout run at The American Repertory Theater this weekend. Directed by Diane Paulus, it also features a book by Jessie Nelson and stars Tony-winner Jessie Mueller in the title role. The project, based on the 2007 film starring Keri Russell, marks Bareilles’ musical-theater debut as a composer.
“I fell more deeply in love with the writing of the musical Waitress than I had ever imagined,” said Bareilles in a statement. “It proved impossible for me to imagine handing over the songs to the show before selfishly finding a way to sing them myself. This is a deliciously self-indulgent project and I’m sorry, I’m not sorry. :)”
The musical is based on the 2007 Fox Searchlight indie hit of the same name, which grossed north of $19 million domestically. Written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, it starred Russell as a pregnant, unhappily married diner server in the deep South who makes extraordinary pies. She hopes that the prize money from a baking contest may provide her with the means to start a new life.
Bareilles will also perform shows in New York and Los Angeles in October, taking the stage at Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 6 for a concert and Q&A with Ben Folds, as well as an evening at the Troubadour on October 13.
She is also releasing her first book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song, on October 6 via Simon & Schuster.
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