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Theatre Review: Waitress at the National Arts Centre — until 01.05.20

By Laura Gauthier and Samara Caplan on January 1, 2020



By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier. Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever).

We were excited to grab our seats at Joe’s Pie Diner and have been highly anticipating Waitress run at the National Arts Centre since Broadway Across Canada announced it as part of their 2019/2020 season last year.

Based on the 2007 film of the same name, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a small-town waitress who makes incredible pies. Stuck in a life with very little to offer, Jenna finds herself pregnant (which she is less than thrilled about) and searching for a way out. When an opportunity to enter a nearby pie competition comes around she may have found her solution. Along with her two friends at the diner, Becky and Dawn, the women support each other in finding a little more happiness and freedom in their lives.

Waitress has been blowing audiences away since it hit Broadway in 2016. With music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, you will find every song a pleasure to tap along to.

Bailey McCall as Jenna shares her beautiful vocals and powerful emotion through the course of the show brilliantly portraying Jenna’s journey in finding a sense of value and worth within herself.

The sets are perfect, bringing you directly into Jenna’s small town and into a booth a Joe’s Pie Diner. They seamlessly transition and move through sets, many times the entire stage has changed without you even noticing (we’re still trying to figure out how they do that.)

This show did not disappoint, it fulfilled all our expectations and more and was very much worth the wait (not to mention the actual pies you can grab at intermission).

Filled with emotion, laughs and tons of amazing sounding pies, Waitress is a treat you won’t want to miss. Listen to some of our favourite tunes from the show in our Spotify playlist below.

Waitress continues at the National Arts Centre until Sunday, January 5th. Shows are Tuesday to Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 1pm and 7:30pm. Tickets range between $140 to $170. The show runs about 2 hours and 40 minutes with intermission.