Lexus Broadway in Boston’s heartwarming and meaningful musical, Waitress the Musical, shows that life’s most important answers can be found in a pie. Currently on a national tour, Waitress, with book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and featuring an all female production team, oozes with southern charm as baker Jenna, portrayed passionately by Desi Oakley, finds herself pregnant and falling in love with her doctor.
With a cast of colorful and comical characters and based on the 2007 film of the same name starring Keri Russell, Waitress served its best in Boston from February 20 through March 4 at the Boston Opera House. Click here to see where Waitress will be taking the stage next and here for more on Lexus Broadway in Boston.
From a bright neon sign and red chrome booths to clever choreography that gives diner dancing a fresh, new meaning, the majority of Waitress is set inside the vintage and picturesque Joe’s Pie Diner. Impressive songs range from catchy to reflective and numbers like When He Sees Me and Opening Up are sure to stay with the audience long after the show is over.
Full of heart, what Waitress the Musical achieves is a delicate balance of the sweetness and realism of life, delving into the lives of a group of dynamic characters who dream of a better life. Jenna expresses her thoughts on life through the humorous titles she deems to Joe’s Diner Pie of the Day.
Desi Oakley delivers a powerful, inspiring performance as Jenna. She depicts Jenna’s complex web of emotions with a blend of dark humor and a note of hope. Her voice is as versatile as the pies she bakes and her intense rendition of She Used to Be Mine is one of the show’s greatest highlights. Her irresistible chemistry and beautiful harmony with compassionate and mysterious Bryan Fenkart as Dr. Pomatter are engaging in the playful Bad Idea and the tender You Matter to Me. Dressed in a plaid shirt, worn jeans, and tied back hair, Nick Bailey as Earl is manipulative and gruff with a rich, rock n roll voice.
With big earrings and wild hair, Charity Angel Dawson offers a great deal of comic relief as outspoken and wise cracking waitress Becky. Passionate and direct, Becky is captivating in the number, I Didn’t Plan It and her onstage charisma will have the audience hanging on her every word.
In bright, red glasses, Lenne Klingaman portrays Dawn with her own, magnetic, comedic timing. Dreamy and shy, Dawn calls herself “a woman of many passions.” She is unforgettable singing the yearning number, When He Sees Me. With Jeremy Morse as scene stealing Ogie, they are a comedic force to be reckoned with. Gleeful and goofy with a habit of over sharing, Jeremy Morse has even the cast trying to keep a straight face. Morse’s comic timing is a bungle of flawless, unsuppressed energy.
Larry Marshall, with a wonderful laugh and a curmudgeonly personality, portrays difficult customer and diner owner, Joe. A complicated storyteller with more insight than he seems, his conversations with Jenna is full of humor and openness. Speaking to the uplifting spirit of this charming show, Joe proclaims, “Baking a pie is a magical experience.”
Click here to see where Waitress the Musical arrives next. Lexus Broadway in Boston announces their new season on Monday, March 18 and is just getting started with popular musicals, On Your Feet, Disney’s Aladdin, Hamilton, and more. Click here for more information, tickets, and upcoming news. Follow Lexus Broadway in Boston on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.