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Charity Angel Dawson, Sara Bareilles & Caitlin Houlahan. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel. Charity Angel Dawson, Sara Bareilles & Caitlin Houlahan. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Closing Date

Broadway Musical Waitress Will Close January 2020

Charity Angel Dawson, Sara Bareilles & Caitlin Houlahan. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel.
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Nicolette Robinson as Jenna in Waitress

Waitress, the musical based on the 2007 film, will end its run in January 2020, according to The Hollywood Reporter. January 5th, to be exact, will be the final performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre ending the show with 33 previews and 1544 performances total by that time.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “​The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed by my Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness. 

Waitress opened on Broadway April 24, 2016, and became the first musical in Broadway history with an all-female principal creative team with a score penned by Sara Bareilles, book by Jessie Nelson direction by Diane Paulus and choreography by Lorin Latarro. Besides Hamilton, Waitress is the only musical from the 2015-2016 season still running.

Composer and lyricist Sara Bareilles said:

“It is such a bittersweet moment to say goodbye to our home on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, but I am reflecting upon this enormously magical time with a tremendous amount of gratitude…and smiling through tears…”  

” … Alas… everything changes. Sugar, Butter, Thank you.” 

Some of the notable talents who have been or will be in Waitress include Al Roker,  Jason Mraz, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jeremy Jordan, Jessie Mueller, Joey MacIntyre, Keala Settle, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolette Robinson, Shoshana BeanTodrick Hall, Will Swenson (Audra’s Husband), and more!

Shoshana Bean is currently starring as Jenna until July 21st. Write that down, that’s important.

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Closing Date

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Sets Closing Date

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has set its closing date and will have its final performance on October 27th at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. 

By its final performance, the musical (which follows the success and career of singer-songwriter Carole King) will have played for 2,418 performances after having 60 preview performances. Jessie Mueller’s portrayal of the titular artist earned her the 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Vanessa Carlton (yes from that song from White Chicks) is currently playing Carole in a limited run that ends on September 1st. 

The producers of the show, Paul Blake and Mike Bosner, described their run on Broadway as “remarkable”. They went on to say that the regional and international performances will serve as a tribute to the “…Incredible artists involved, from the inimitable Carole King, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to Douglas McGrath and Marc Bruni, our entire design team, and every single cast member who has lent their talent to our productions”.  They concluded their statement with a warm and loving recognition of the entire team at Beautiful  in saying “There is no way to adequately express our awe or gratitude for every single person in our Beautiful family.”

The musical has a book by Tony and Academy Award Nominee, with direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince. The music of the show was written by the teams of Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil.

While on Broadway, Beautiful has enjoyed seven Tony Award nominations, two Tony Wins (Mueller for her performance, and Brian Ronan for sound design), and a Grammy win for Best Musical Theatre Album. Audiences have enjoyed performances from actors like Jessie Mueller, Anika Larsen, TyNia Brandon, Kara Lindsay, Jessica Keenan-Wynn and many more. 

The current cast has 2 Broadway Black Broadway Debuts, Alex Hairston and Gabrielle Elisabeth. So to quote Oprah, “Hello, let’s celebrate that”.

With the American tour entering its fifth year, and a film adaptation announced, Beautiful’s closing on Broadway is by no means the end of Carole King’s story being told. So if you aren’t able to see the show while it’s on Broadway (which I recommend doing), you can still experience everything the show has to offer.

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