A sugary success for Broadway's latest opening.
While 'American Psycho' didn't go down so well on Broadway last week, it seems latest show 'Waitress' has had a little more success with media outlets everywhere praising its vibrancy, the epic soundtrack by Grammy nominated singer Sara Bareilles, its heart and stellar acting performances.
Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson worked together on the 'Waitress' musical
It didn't seem like Jessie Nelson's re-working of the 2007 movie of the same name could do any wrong upon its opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway yesterday (April 24th 2016). Indeed, with a stunning score by Sara Bareilles and an incredible leading performance from the Tony award-winning Jessie Mueller as pie-making extraordinnaire Jenna, it was already a recipe for success.
USA Today praised Nelson for retaining 'the warm, gutsy spirit and earthy wit that marked the original', though ABC News admitted that it does 'sometimes drifts toward icky sweetness' but added that it 'always seems to quickly cut it with a dash of vinegar'.
As for Bareilles, USA Today reveals her score is 'never straining too hard for theatricality' while New York Times expressed their surprise at her 'unexpected flair for comic songs'.
Obviously, Mueller was the main source of entertainment in this epic pie-filled musical. 'She combines earthiness, sexiness, timidity and dreaminess and her voice overflows with emotion', said ABC News. And let's hope casting directors thought the same way the Hollywood Reporter did about her acting: 'She's so damn good you start mentally casting her in classic musical roles while you're watching.'
If it sounds rather twee, a little cheesy and overly sentimental, the truth be told it isn't. ''Waitress' is a feel-good show that's no mere guilty pleasure', Deadline insisted. 'It's got soul and heart, sweetness and crust all in fine measure.' Plus, there's real depth too; Vulture dubbing it a 'delightfully feminist musical', while New York Times talks about how it 'rises to transporting heights, and sweeps up your heart along with it'.