It's time for my review of Waitress.
Waitress tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress who is in an unhappy marriage to her husband Earl. When she unexpectedly discovers she is pregnant, she starts an affair with her gynaecologist and begins to look for ways out of her abusive relationship, embracing her unique pie-making skills as a chance for a new life. I first saw Waitress on Broadway in 2016 and adored it, so I jumped at the opportunity to see it in its West End transfer.
Waitress has a very heartwarming story to it. The character of Jenna has had a somewhat troubled upbringing and is stuck in a loveless marriage, and the audience are left rooting for her right up until the very end. Jenna's courage and perseverance in life is inspiring, and that, speaking personally, is what makes the story of Waitress so special. The show toys with what is perceived as being morally good, due to the fact that one of the central plot points revolves around an extra-marital affair. Whilst the affair should not be taking place, many are left actually wanting this couple to succeed. Therefore, Waitress is written in a way that could even make us question what is right and wrong. The book, written by Jessie Nelson, is undoubtedly very well written.
The score of Waitress, written by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, is equally as excellent. Throughout the past three years I have listened to the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Waitress on numerous occasions and I still thoroughly enjoy it. There are a number of catchy tunes as well as beautifully written ballads; the score is well and truly exceptional. A few of my personal favourites include 'What Baking Can Do', 'You Matter to Me', 'She Used to Be Mine' and 'Everything Changes'.
Now for my final verdict on Waitress. I give Waitress...
Waitress is an inspiring tale with an outstanding score, and the sublime performances of Katharine McPhee and David Hunter are worth the ticket price alone.
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