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Broadway musical Waitress announces West End transfer

The original Broadway production of Waitress. Photo: Joan Marcus

Broadway musical Waitress has announced that it will transfer to the West End next year.

The musical, which has music by Sara Bareilles, will have its UK premiere at the Adelphi Theatre once Kinky Boots [1] closes there early next year.

When Waitress [2] opened in New York in 2016, it became the first Broadway musical to have an all-female creative team.

The show, which is based on the film by Adrienne Shelley, has music and lyrics by Bareilles, a book by Jessie Nelson and is directed by Diane Paulus, with choreography by Lorin Latarro.

When it opens in London it will also become the first musical in West End history to be helmed by an all-female team.

Research by The Stage conducted last year found that three quarters of the musicals staged in the West End over the past decade featured no women on their writing teams. [3]

Just four had a female composer solely responsible for writing the score.

The show tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker trapped in an abusive relationship, who uses a baking contest as a chance for a new life.

On Broadway, the lead role was originated by Jessie Mueller. During its run, which is ongoing, it has also been played by Bareilles, Betsy Wolfe and Katharine McPhee.

Casting for the London run, which is scheduled to begin in February, is yet to be announced.

Bareilles described transferring the show to London as “a dream come true.”

She added: “To be hosted in a theatre co-owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Nederlander Group makes this very sweet moment even sweeter. We are so proud of this beautiful show, and can’t wait to share the story of Jenna with a whole new audience and welcome them into the world of Waitress with open arms and plenty of pie.”