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Jennifer Nettles and Larry David Welcome Sara Bareilles and Waitress to Broadway

A host of stars attended the opening night to see Jessie Mueller, Keala Settle, and Kimiko Glenn in the new musical.

Keala Settle, Jessie Mueller, and Kimiko Glenn take a jubilant curtain call.
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The new Broadway musical Waitress celebrated its opening night on April 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Waitress director Diane Paulus and composer Sara Bareilles join the company onstage for a bow.
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Inspired by Adrienne Shelley's 2007 motion picture, Waitress marks the Broadway debut of Grammy-nominated songwriter Sara Bareilles and noted screenwriter and director Jessie Nelson, who penned the show's score and book.

Keala Settle, Jessie Mueller, and Kimiko Glenn lead the company of Waitress on Broadway.
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The company is headed by Tony winner Jessie Mueller, alongside Tony nominees Nick Cordero, Keala Settle, and Christopher Fitzgerald, Kimiko Glenn, Drew Gehling, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Charity Angél Dawson, Jeremy Morse, Stephanie Torns, Thay Floyd, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Ragan Pharris, Ryan Vasquez, Max Kumangai, and Henry Gottfried.

With Waitress, Sara Bareilles makes her Broadway debut as a composer and lyricist.
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Mueller plays Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition.

Drew Gehling is the production's leading man, Dr. Pomatter.
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Waitress premiered in 2015 at American Repertory Theater in Boston. The musical is directed by Diane Paulus, choreographed by Lorin Latarro, and designed by Scott Pask (sets), Suttirat Larlarb (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting), and Jonathan Deans (sound). Nadia DiGiallonardo serves as musical director.

Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald takes on the role of Ogie.
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With Bareilles, Nelson, Paulus, and Latarro at the helm, Waitress makes history as the first musical whose traditional four-person creative team is made up entirely of women. An earlier precedent was set by the 1978 Broadway musical Runaways, which had book, score, choreography, and direction solely by Elizabeth Swados.

Nick Cordero joins fellow cast member Charity Angél Dawson for a snapshot.
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Claire and McKenna Keane are the show's youngest cast members, sharing the role of Lulu.
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Eric Anderson, who plays Cal, shares a photo with his wife, Jessica Rush.
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Dakin Matthews completes the principal company as Joe.
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The ensemble is made up of Max Kumangai, Henry Gottfried, Aisha Jackson, Ryan Vasquez, Jeremy Morse, and Thay Floyd.
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Molly Hager makes her Broadway debut in Waitress.
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Stephanie Torns is featured in the show's ensemble.
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Director Diane Paulus (right) joins her leading ladies, Keala Settle, Jessie Mueller, and Kimiko Glenn, to celebrate opening night.
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Waitress features Broadway's first all-female creative team: book writer Jessie Nelson, director Diane Paulus, composer and lyricist Sara Bareilles, and choreographer Lorin Latarro.
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Diane Paulus is joined on the red carpet by her husband, Randy Weiner, and their daughters, Katharine and Natalie.
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Ron and Bonnie Halvorsen proudly join their daughter, Sara Bareilles, on the red carpet.
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Guests at the opening night festivities included singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles.
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Larry David smiles for the cameras on his way into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
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Larry David takes a photo with the creative team of Waitress before the show starts.
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Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan are ready to check out Waitress.
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Tony Danza is thrilled to be on hand for the opening of Waitress.
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Billy Eichner walks the red carpet.
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An American in Paris star Brandon Uranowitz and Beautiful's Jessica Keenan Wynn arrive to cheer on their pal, Waitress ensemble member Molly Hager.
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It's date night for Broadway pals Celia Keenan-Bolger and Gavin Creel.
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The reigning Miss USA, Olivia Jordan, is excited to see Waitress on opening night.
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Nashville creator Callie Khouri and music icon T Bone Burnett are thrilled to be on hand for Waitress.
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The Robber Bridegroom star Ahna O'Reilly is on hand to see Waitress on opening night.
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On Your Feet! choreographer Sergio Trujillo and his partner, Jack Noseworthy, head into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
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Welcome back to Broadway, Jessie!
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Catch Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre!
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For tickets and more information, click here.

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