Sara Bareilles in “Waitress”. (Photo: Jérémy Daniel)
Sugar, butter, ticket office! Broadway performances have resumed, and while the Delta variant of the coronavirus may keep some tourists and ticket buyers away, many shows are enjoying a surge as audiences return to their happy place: the theater. Waitress recently set a single-performance box office record – on Friday, September 3, the independent film turned musical grossed $ 197,878 in ticket sales. That figure shattered the previous record for a single piece from the Ethel Barrymore Theater (set in 2013 at $ 184,476 thanks to a star-studded rebirth of Treason with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz).
The box office record can be a good sign for an industry in need of a boost. The Tony-nominated production opened on Broadway in 2016, was shut down during COVID, and sold out from September 2. This production now has a limited return commitment, until January 9, 2022. The increase in ticket sales may be more than just Broadway fever: the show’s songwriter and parolie, winner of a Grammy and Emmy nominated Sara Bareilles has reopened production and will star on the show as waitress Jenna until October 17.
Original cast Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter and contestant Tony Christopher Fitzgerald also star in the production. Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn, Dakin Matthews as Joe, Charity Angel Dawson as Becky, Eric Anderson as Cal and Joe Tippett as Earl.
In Waitress, Jenna has neither love nor luck: she is pregnant and married to an abusive man and is stuck in a dead end job, creating unique pies as a form of financial and emotional escape. With the help of her fellow waitresses, Jenna struggles to get back a long-forgotten part of herself. Unexpected romances, obstacles and triumphs give Jenna the strength to make her dreams come true in this story about ambition, independence and female friendship. Tickets are on sale now for this Broadway smash performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theater.
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