Waitress to Host MSNBC Host Joy-Ann Reid, Diane Paulus in Postshow Talkback
This will be the second in a series of conversations during National Women's History Month.
In its second National Women's History Month-related postshow talkback, Waitress will host popular MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid and Diane Paulus, the Tony Award-winning director of the Broadway musical, in conversation after the Thursday, March 22, performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult and Waitress choreographer Lorin Latarro participated in the first such talkback. The show will continue to host notable women at postshow talkbacks each week in March. The discussions will explore topics connecting the notable achievements of the guest panelists and the themes of this production, the first Broadway musical with an all-female creative team.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's 2007 motion picture, Waitress features songs by Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. The story follows Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
The cast currently stars Stephanie Torns as Jenna, Christopher Fitzgerald as Ogie, Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Benny Elledge as Cal, Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn, Ben Thompson as Earl, Lee Wilkof as Joe, and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Becky.