Waitress the Musical | Review
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With the plethora of charming and exciting new musicals that are gracing the London stage at the moment, the latest import from Broadway, Waitress the Musical has a lot to live up to, but it seems that 2019 truly is the year of Musical theatre and the gifts just keep coming. Waitress is one of those gifts.
Katherine McPhee comes to the West End straight from the successful Broadway production to reprise the role of downtrodden Jenna. Unhappy in her marriage to the manipulative husband Earl (Peter H
This is also a story of female friendships forged in the workplace. Jenna is supported by her colleagues, the irrepressible Becky (Marsha Wallace) and the lovelorn Dawn (Laura Baldwin), Waitress is undoubtably a piece written for empowering women. Each of the main characters together produce stunning harmonies yet are each given their moment in the spotlight, Wallace stops the show with her powerhouse vocals during her solo ‘I didn’t plan it’, and Baldwin’s comic timing is spot on ensuring the audience are 100% with her on her quest for love.
Don’t get me wrong, the guys aren’t all that bad either, David Hunter is perfectly cast as Jenna’s Ob/Gyn and love interest. His comic timing is impeccable and his scenes with McPhee are comedy gold. Stephen Leask fresh from School of Rock delights as Becky’s love interest and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) hilariously plays goofy Ogie who falls head over heels with Dawn giving us the best visual gags in the show.
It is well known (at least in theatre circles) that Waitress the musical is based on a movie by Adrienne Shelly and is also able to boast that many of its creative team are female, including the director (Diane Paulus), writer (Jessie Nelson)
Waitress is a delicious treat. Get yourself a slice of this show, you’ll be glad you did.
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Reviewer: Sammi O’Neill
Waitress the Musical is playing at the Adelphi Theatre, The Strand