Back in June 2016, the Daily Mail’s showbiz correspondent Baz Bamigboye revealed that Broadway hit show Waitress would be opening in the West End in Spring 2017 and then it all went a bit quiet.
Obviously the show’s not going to open any time soon in London, but this week whisperings have started up again that the show could see a UK premiere in 2018.
Waitress was originally a film written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, who was sadly murdered months before the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. It follows the story of Jenna, a waitress in a small-town diner, who dreams of opening her own pie-shop. Trapped in an unhappy marriage and pregnant, Jenna begins an affair with her physician whilst trying to save all the money she can in order to run away from her husband.
The musical version of Waitress with a book by Jessie Nelson and music and lyrics by pop singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, began its life in August 2015 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts before transferring to Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre in March 2016 where it has been hailed as a critical and commercial success.
So are the rumours to be believed? Baz Bamigboye has good form having pre-warned us a few weeks ago that Miranda Hart was to make her West End debut in a revival of the musical Annie and low and behold she is; plus with recent Broadway transfers Aladdin and School of Rock already hits here in London and new musical Hamilton, opening in the Autumn at the Victoria Palace, now only having tickets available for late 2018, Waitress could well be serving up a delightful dish in the West End soon.
Watch this space….