A.R.T. Season
August 2, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Book by Jessie Nelson
Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly
Choreographed by Chase Brock
Directed by Diane Paulus

Jenna, played by Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful), a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must choose between her commitments and her dreams. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness—but Jenna ultimately has to decide for herself. This poignant and uplifting new musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the courage it takes to pluck a long abandoned dream off the shelf. Featuring music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”) and directed by Diane Paulus (PippinFinding Neverland).

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Creative team
Book Jessie Nelson
Music & Lyrics Sara Bareilles
Director Diane Paulus
Choreography by Chase Brock
Scenic Designer Scott Pask
Costume Designer Suttirat Larlarb
Lighting Designer Kenneth Posner
Sound Designer Jonathan Deans
Wig & Makeup Design Jason Allen

Rachel Padula Shufelt

Music Supervisor Nadia DiGiallonardo
Script Consultant Peter Duchan
Associate Director Nancy Harrington
Casting Telsey + Company
Production Stage Manager Thomas J. Gates
Jenna Jessie Mueller
Cal Eric Anderson
Becky Keala Settle
Dawn Jeanna de Waal
Joe Dakin Matthews
Earl Joe Tippett
Dr. Pomatter Drew Gehling
Ogie Jeremy Morse
Lulu Giana Ribeiro, Addison Oken
Ensemble Charity Angél Dawson, David Jennings, Corey Mach, Ragan Pharris, Cullen R. Titmas, Stephanie Torns
Swings Emily Afton, Ben Sidell
Drums Rich Mercurio
Guitar, Pedal Steel Rich Hinman
Cello/Guitar Yair Evnine
Keyboard Jamie Edwards
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Managers Jason Brouillard, Stephanie M. Holmes
Assistant Director Mia Walker
Associate Choreographer Jason Snow
Dance Captain Emily Afton
Associate Music Director/Associate Conductor Adam Michael Kaufman
Associate Scenic Designer

Orit Carroll

Assistant Scenic Designer

Jerome Martin

Associate Costume Designer

Martin Schnellinger

Assistant Costume Designer

Lizzie Donelan

Associate Lighting Designer/Moving Light Programmer

Anthony Pearson

Associate Sound Designer

Drew Levy

Dialect Coach Dawn-Elin Fraser
Spoken Voice Erika Bailey
Music Assistant

Haley Bennett

Associate to Jessie Nelson

Karen Leigh Hopkins

Assistant to Jessie Nelson

Martha Ross

A.R.T. Production Dramaturg

Amanda Faye Martin

Fight Consultant

Tom Schall



Isaac Alter, Harvard University '16, Music*
Emily Bergquist, Harvard University '18, Stage Management*
Grace Brakeman, Northwestern University '19, Artistic
Elizabeth Cahill, Emerson College '17, Sound
Christopher Conway, Amherst College '18, Props
Nina Goodheart, Yale University '19, Stage Management
Sam Hagen, Harvard University '18, Dramaturgy*
Maxwell Kagan, Horace Mann School '16, Artistic
Olivia Munk, Harvard University '16, Directing*
Christian Peterson, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Sound**
Dan Prosky, Harvard University '16, Scenic Design*
Laura Trosser, Harvard University '16, Stage Management*
Taylor Vandick, Harvard University '16, Choreography*
Luke Walchuk, Minnesota State University, MFA '16, Sound
Jake Wilder-Smith, Harvard University '16, Music


*With support from the Harvard University Office of Career Services
**With support from The Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts (JFFPA) 


Stagecraft is never a question at the ART these days. The Broadway design team from the Paulus-directed “Finding Neverland” produces the usual effortless-looking theatrical magic, although this time there’s no actual magic required.  More

Bareilles has never before undertaken a musical, but her pulsing, piano-driven tunes and sincere, ringing ballads both carry the story and set the now quirky, now aching mood.  More

Actress and native Londoner Jeanna de Waal is absolutely ecstatic to be working with Diane Paulus and American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) on the Harvard-tied theater company's 2015-2016 season opener, "Waitress." More

By any measure, Sara Bareilles is a major star. Now she is lending that immense talent to the stage. The 35-year-old singer-songwriter has written her first musical, called “Waitress,” based on the 2007 film. It will open this month at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. More

Paulus’ track record could bode well for the future of her new musical adaptation of the indie film “Waitress.” It’s currently in previews at the A.R.T. where the creative team spoke about it’s evolution and why adapting the film for the stage has been a bittersweet journey. More

Jessie Mueller won a Tony Award for her performance as Carole King in the Broadway musical “Beautiful.” Now she takes on the work of another acclaimed singer-songwriter: Sara Bareilles. More

Tony-winning director Diane Paulus, who breathed new life into the musicals Hair and Porgy and Bess, shares what drew her to the musical adaptation of the indie film "Waitress." More

A.R.T.'s adaptation of 'Waitress' blends Sara Barielles's songcraft into a story about a woman and her pies. More

A.R.T. Artistic Director and Waitress director Diane Paulus is one of the most sought after directors in theatre, and to anyone lucky enough to have seen one of her productions, the reasons are clear. More

The singer teams up with Diane Paulus for a new musical. More


Press Releases

Complete Casting Announced and Rehearsals Begin for the World Premiere Musical WAITRESS
Book by Jessie Nelson Music & Lyrics by Sara Bareilles Based on the Motion Picture Written by Adrienne Shelly Directed by Diane Paulus Choreography by Chase Brock August 2 — September 27

Click here to read more about the show in our summer Guide

Click here to view the Waitress program.


Check out these blog posts to learn more about the production:


Stories in Song: An Interview with Waitress Composer Sara Bareilles
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter shares her throughts on writing for the theater.


Designer Spotlight: Suttirat Larlarb and the Costumes of Waitress
Returning to A.R.T. for Waitress, Larlarb discusses her creative process for the upcoming musical. 


From Diners to Fine Dining
We asked members of the Waitress team to share some of their own experiences as, or with, waitresses and waiters. 


Behind the Counter: An Oral History Project

Photos and interviews of local waiters and waitresses give a taste of dining culture and life behind the counter in Greater Boston. 


The A.R.T. Community Cookbook
A collection of pie recipes contributed by A.R.T. patrons, staff, and fans through the run of Waitress. 


Pie Ingredient List
View a list of ingredients in the pies sold during the production at A.R.T.


Waitress Educational Toolkit
Take a peek to learn more about the creative minds behind Waitress through games, music, videos, reading, and (of course) pie recipes! (click here to download a PDF)


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Run time

2 and 1/2 hours with one intermission.


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668


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Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 8 and up.
This new musical would be suitable for high school and well-prepared middle school students who can handle some profanity and strong subject matter such as spousal abuse and sexual themes.


Lobby Experience
The A.R.T. Community Cookbook is a collection of pie recipes contributed by A.R.T. patrons, staff, and fans during the run of Waitress.  Recipes collected as a part of the Waitress Lobby Experience and via Instagram.

Also check out Behind the Counter, an oral history project featuring photos and interviews from people working in diners and restaurants around Greater Boston.


Open Captioning Open Captioned

Sep. 3, 7:30PM & Sep. 6, 2PM

ASL Interpreted

Sep. 8, 7:30PM

Audio Described

Sep. 9, 7:30PM & Sep. 12, 2PM


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Waitress Discussions

The A.R.T. will host special panel discussions with Harvard scholars and members of the A.R.T. community:


August 22, following the matinee performance: Post-show discussion with Michael Roiff, founder of Night & Day Pictures and producer of the 2007 film WaitressClick here for more information. 


There will also be regularly scheduled talk-backs with cast members after the following matinee performances: 

Aug. 26, Aug. 29, Sep. 2, Sep. 5, Sep. 9, Sep. 12, Sep. 16, Sep. 19, Sep. 23, Sep. 26