It's Official: 'Waitress' Musical to Serve Broadway in Spring 2016

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Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles makes her musical-theater debut as a composer on the project.

The musical adaptation of Waitress is set to serve Broadway this coming spring.

The new production, which features the musical-theater debut of Sara Bareilles as composer, will begin previews in March before opening in April at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

As anticipated, Waitress jumps to Broadway after a successful tryout run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., where it plays through Sept. 27. Directed by Diane Paulus, it also features a book by Jessie Nelson and stars Tony-winner Jessie Mueller in the title role. 

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 Keri 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.

Waitress will be produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler, and Norton and Elayne Herrick.