Last night were the Tony Awards, and for many people that meant finding out for the very first time that musicals other than Hamilton came out this year. One of those musicals is Waitress. Based on the 2007 indie movie by the same name, the musical tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress is in an unhappy marriage. When she gets pregnant, she starts to have an affair with her gynecologist. Looking for a way out of the marriage, she sets her sights on a pie-baking contest.
The musical has received considerable press. For one thing, the music and lyrics were written by Sara Bareilles. For another, it stars Broadway’s sweetheart Jessie Mueller. It’s also the only musical that has allotted a budget for a pie consultant. Every week, there are 32 pies- real pies- on stage, and more mason jar pies available for purchase. Also, the theater smells like pie. The New York Times reported back in April that there is a convection oven outside the doors to the orchestra seating at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.
Before each performance, the show’s “pie consultant,” Stacy Donnelly, delivers an uncooked nine-inch double-crust apple pie; 20 minutes before the doors open, a theater staffer puts it in the oven, allowing it to cook slowly through the show. The odor wafts into the back of the orchestra whenever the doors are ajar, particularly just before the first act and during intermission; its intensity varies based on the air flow.
The cast of Waitress performed last night at the Tony’s. Watch:
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