Waitress the Musical in New York, NY

Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036
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A Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson-written musical created around the 2007 motion picture of the same name, Waitress offers a fascinating story that follows a pregnant waitress named Jenna who is trapped in an abusive marriage and trying to find happiness. Playing at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the show offers themes of romance, despair, humor and faith, and has had nominations for every “Best Musical of the Season."

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Written by Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson.
  • Recommended for children ages 12 and up.
  • Arrive 30-45 minutes before showtime.
  • Show length: approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.
  • Performed at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.


from Waitress
Fresh from a soldout run at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, WAITRESS makes its highly anticipated Broadway premiere. Funny, uplifting and surprisingly poignant, this irresistible slice of life features original music and lyrics by 5 time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, Jenna fears she may have to abandon the dream of opening her own pie shop forever… until a baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s handsome new doctor offer her a tempting recipe for happiness. Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition. Her quirky crew of fellow waitresses, customers, and new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness but Jenna must ultimately decide for herself.

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS is an empowering celebration of friendship, motherhood and finding the strength to pursue even the wildest dreams. Order up!

This show is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes (1 intermission). Recommended for ages 12 years and up.

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"Absolutely Brilliant "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
What a privilege to watch Sara Bareilles star in Waitress on Broadway. Show stopper ‘She Used to be Mine’ is worth the price of the ticket alone, let alone the clever, beautifully witty script performed by the best talent on the planet. 10 out of 10!
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"Incredible show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
My daughter and I went to the Sunday matinee. So excited to see Sara Bareille. The cast was great. So many memorable scenes. It was one of the best shows we have seen.
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Leonard R
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 10, 2019 NEW
Where do I start— unremarkable music- trite and mundane plot- marginal actors( with the exception of two- three)— elevation of extramarital affairs- doctor/ patient romance without apology. Or legal repercussions. We left at intermission. This production is like seeing a high school drama (junior varsity) play. Watch Jerry Springer at home if you like this sort of junk. It will be much more entertaining.
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
"Excellent! Good mix of humor, music, and drama"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2019 NEW
We took in 4 shows on our last trip to NY. They were all great but I have to say this was my favorite.
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Pat L
Montreal, Canada
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2019 NEW
It's a special Musical; it takes a little moment to adjust to Sarah Bareille's music for a musical. Overall it was a great musical, with a lot of good actors!!!! Unfortunately the day we went, the main character was a replacement and she hit the notes, was pin point for the spectacular choreography, but didn't connect to her fellow actors; overall it was ok, it just made it hard to feel something for the character; we didn't feel or see her falling in love, couldn't understand her past love story, didn't feel she was working with her best friends. It was still a good show and worth to see and as a replacement, she did a good job; the music is hard to tackle and the choreographies with pies, not so easy and she was there. I'm pretty sure she's more secure now and can be a better player with her fellow actors on stage. Sugar!!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waitress

Is the theatre wheelchair accessible?
Wheelchair locations are available in the Orchestra section (pending availability). We suggest confirming with the theater regarding any accessible requirements.

What are the box office hours?
Monday thru Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Sunday: Closed

What time should I arrive at the theatre?
Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain time. The performance begins promptly at the time noted on your ticket.

What should I wear to a Broadway show?
There is no specific dress code.

Is this show appropriate for children?
Waitress is recommended for audiences ages 12 and up.