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Reviewed in The Week: Waitress. Tickets from £19.50.

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    With a 4/4 star review in The Week (16/03/19) you'll want to snap up tickets to Waitress soon! Read our full review below. 

    Music and lyrics: Sara Bareilles 
    Director: Diane Paulus 
    Adelphi Theatre, London WC2. Until 4 January 2020
    Running time: 2hrs 30mins

    ⋆⋆⋆⋆ (Rated out of 4)

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    'I went into this Broadway musical import expecting it to be a piece of underwhelming schmaltz, said Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph. Set in a Southern diner specialising in home-made pies, and based on the 2007 film Waitress, it centres on the tough working lives and relationship woes of three waitresses: and the way it had been advertised – “an uplifting celebration of love and laughter” – was enough to make me “reach for a barf-bag”. But by the time the show was over, I was craving a hefty slice of humble pie and feeling a sense of “warm appreciation”, having thoroughly enjoyed more than two hours of “moreish” tuneful entertainment, high-energy performances and a production (directed by Diane Paulus) that combines “supreme polish with a wonderfully uptempo, rushed-off-its-feet inventiveness”.

    It’s definitely a “classy” show, said Andrzej Lukowski in Time Out, but it’s also a slightly “weird” mix. On the one hand, it’s a “bittersweet drama about human frailty”, full of morally compromised characters like the pregnant waitress Jenna, who starts an affair with her married gynaecologist. On the other, it’s a “wildly OTT sex comedy” featuring a “pie-based cunnilingus scene, a Civil War re-enactment-based cunnilingus scene” and several overtly cartoonish, albeit very well-acted, characters (notably the one played by Jack McBrayer, of 30 Rock fame). It’s an “odd concoction” all right, said Sarah Crompton on What’s On Stage. But the show’s writers – music and lyrics are by the singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles – combine these “wild ingredients” to make a “strangely satisfying and charming show”. I found it irresistible.

    Like others, I was taken by surprise at how much I loved this “touching, gritty and moving” musical, said Ann Treneman in The Times. At its heart is the star turn from Katharine McPhee as Jenna. Her “extraordinary voice is a thing of wonder”: it has the “lilt and lift that takes you away from yourself”. But it’s not just her: there isn’t a weak link among the superb supporting cast. “Five Star Musical pie” anyone? Yes, please.'

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