'Waitress' Serves Up a New Recipe for Movie-to-Musical Adaptations

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Jessie Mueller stars in the Broadway musical, 'Waitress.' Jessie Mueller stars in the Broadway musical, 'Waitress.' (Joan Marcus)

Broadway is home to another a new musical based on a movie. Waitress springs from the 2007 film of the same name and tells the story of a small-town girl, who dreams of an escape from her small-town existence. It stars Jessie Mueller, who makes an even stronger impression than in her Tony Award-winning portrayal of the songwriter Carole King in Beautiful, the Carole King Musical.

Pop artist Sara Bareilles wrote the songs for the show with care toward the characters and attention to language.

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood joins WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon to offer more about what this Waitress is serving to theater audiences at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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