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‘Waitress’ to Begin Special Engagement Tour

Sara Bareilles’ hit musical Waitress will embark on a special-engagement tour beginning this summer.

Blumenthal Performing Arts (Charlotte, NC) has announced that the hit Broadway musical will return to Charlotte for a special 5-week engagement, April 19–May 22, 2022, in the intimate 442-seat Booth Playhouse. Charlotte is the opening city on this special tour hitting just a handful of markets around the country.

“Waitress was a fan favorite during its first run in Charlotte in 2018 and we are thrilled to kick off this second tour with a special return engagement,” said Tom Gabbard, Blumenthal CEO. “Seeing this beloved show in a smaller, more intimate venue will give Charlotte audiences an unrivaled chance to connect more deeply with the musical’s heartfelt story of resilience, which feels timelier than ever. Sara Bareilles herself played the intimate Booth Playhouse, so it’s wonderful to welcome her music back to that stage.”

Tickets are currently available for the engagement in Charlotte.

After wrapping up in Charlotte, the tour will then move to the Hanna Theatre (Cleveland, OH) to play from May 26–July 3, 2022. Playhouse Square launched the first national Waitress tour at the Connor Palace in 2017. The Hanna Theatre presents the show’s original creative team with the opportunity to enhance aspects of the production to create an even more enveloping experience for audiences.

“The return of Waitress as a Huntington Bank Featured performance will serve up an especially sweet experience for our audiences this summer,” enthused Playhouse Square CEO Gina Vernaci.

Pre-sales for Playhouse Square Donors begin tomorrow, February 8 and for Season Ticket Holders on Monday, February 21. The public on-sale is Wednesday, March 2. Tickets start at $49.

Casting is expected to be announced soon.

Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Grammy Winner and Tony and Emmy Award-nominated Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

The Waitress design team features sets by Tony Award-winner Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting by Tony Award-winner Christopher Akerlind and sound by Tony Award-nominee Jonathan Deans. The music supervisor is Nadia DiGiallonardo. Casting is by Telsey + Company.

Debuting in April 2016, Waitress is one of the longest-running shows in recent Broadway history, playing more than 1500 performances at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The musical recouped its production investment in less than ten months — Waitress and Hamilton were the only new musicals from the 2015-2016 Broadway season that went into profit that year.

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