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But audiences have a way of making decisions for themselves. The song, written for a pregnant, abused waitress, reflecting back on the dreams she did not achieve, has been claimed, unexpectedly, by men, by children, by singers of all sorts. Bareilles said. Covers of the song caught my attention when a video of a gut-punching version by a year-old boy from western Pennsylvania went viral in the fall. Then I started to notice it popping up on set lists. I asked my colleague, Jesse Green, the co-chief theater critic for The Times, what makes the song so coverable. Adrian Matthew, the year-old ninth grader from Blairsville, Pa. In turn, it impressed the actor Zach Braff so much that he has arranged to pay for Adrian to go this summer to Stagedoor Manor , the Catskills theater camp Mr. Braff attended. In the weeks since, Adrian has seen his first Broadway show, met Ms.
Set in the South, the plot swirls around a diner waitress and expert pie-baker named Jenna, who, mired in a loveless marriage to an abusive husband and unexpectedly pregnant with his child, embarks on a torrid love affair with her married gynecologist. Then again, Sara Bareilles is not your traditional Broadway composer. Writing Broadway musicals, as visitors from the pop, rock, folk and country music worlds are finding, can be a time-consuming and only occasionally lucrative endeavor. And pivoting from the familiar world of composing pop songs to the collaborative craziness of the Broadway musical can induce a sort of cultural whiplash.
Waitress , the new musical based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, opened on Broadway April 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The show also already has a cast album in the works, scheduled for digital release June Critics have begun filing their reviews. Chicago Tribune. Connecticut Post. DC Theatre Scene. Entertainment Weekly. Hollywood Reporter. Huffington Post. Los Angeles Times.