Tony nominated Broadway musical Waitress might be transferring into the West End.
According to reports in the press, the production is looking for a suitable West End theatre for a possible 2017 London premiere. Casting news has been very quiet but Katie Brayben has been mentioned in social media for the possible lead role. Jesse Mueller who originated the role on Broadway previously originated Beautiful The Carole King Musical which Brayben originated and won an Olivier Award for in the West End.
Based on Adrienne Shelly’s hit 2007 indie flick of the same name, the musical tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in an unhappy marriage. When she unexpectedly falls pregnant her only way out is to win a pie baking contest.
The role requires Jenna to crack eggs, sift flour and roll out dough on stage and to help immerse audience’s real pies are warming as the audience enters to create the aroma of a pie shop.
Currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway, the show received 4 Tony Award nominations earlier this month including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Unusually for a Broadway show the creative team were all female. Waitress has music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson.
UPDATE: 24 September 2018. Waitress will begin pre-view performances on 8 February 2019 ahead of its official opening night on 7 March 2019 at the Adelphi Theatre, London.