First of all, it’s a welcome back to new announcements from the Wales Millennium Centre. The venue is still closed, and times are still incredibly tough, but something new to look forward to is what we all need to lift our lockdown spirits. And if ever a show is going to do just that, it’ll be WAITRESS.

The musical is actually based on the 2007 film. If it passed you by, it’s the story of Jenna Hunterson, a baker and waitress in an abusive relationship with her husband Earl. After Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she begins an affair with her doctor. Looking for ways out of her troubles, she sees a pie baking contest and its grand prize as her chance.

Now you’d think with a plot like that it would be difficult for the seemingly complex, unhappy and abusive life Jenna lives to make the transition from screen to stage. But we’ve seen both, and if you dip into the movie you’ll understand why it is perfect for the theatre.

Most of that is down to the writing, and particularly the songs. Sara Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics for the show and not only has she turned out a bunch of incredibly memorable, poignant songs, but she really has a connection with what an audience needs from a show. Maybe that’s why she is constantly awarded and nominated for her work.

Sara acts, sings, produces and is an author. She’s presented award shows and had hit singles too, one of which ‘Love Song‘ earned her two Grammy Award nominations, including best song. You’ll remember it we’re sure – take a look at the video below.

She also created and has a fantastic album of songs from the Apple TV Series ‘Little Voice.

The whole show is brought to life by a ground-breaking, female-led creative team, this “warm, witty, wise and hilarious” (Express) hit features “one of the best scores in years” (The Stage) by the Grammy award-winning Sara Bareilles (Love Song, Brave) a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony® Award-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

If you missed it in London, where it received standing ovations night after night, and on Broadway, Waitress really is a must see.

Jenna can sometimes seem lost in her dreams, but compared to the kooks around her, she’s very much the steadying influence. Like Jenna’s pies, her co-workers are the strangest mix of ingredients ever thrown together, but once mixed, they turn out the sweetest tasting show, which is as comforting and satisfying as your favourite home-baked dessert.

The UK tour cast is still to be announced, understandably considering the shape of our world right now. As soon as we hear, we’ll let you know. This is why the images you see are from the American Tour and West End productions.

It’s all about friendship and love, with a little bit of self-worth thrown into the mix. And after the year we’ve been through (and still in the middle of), we reckon WAITRESS is just what we need served up in our theatres right now.

Here’s a really great version of ‘It Only Takes A Taste’ from the show, performed by Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz, and the very cool band.

#Waitress gets to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff from the 9th to 14th August 2021. Tickets have gone on sale to Ffrind members now, and we can get them from this Friday, 9th October. Just a little word, they will go quickly, the show is terrific. To get yours, just go here. WAITRESS

Finally, it is a bit of a wait before we get to see the show, there is however a Waitress Cookbook. We can’t think of a better way to prepare for the show than making the pies – and eating them of course.

And while you’re flopped on the sofa after too much pie, you may fancy a visit to the movie, here’s a look at the trailer.

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