“Waitress” closed in January 2020, right before the pandemic hit, but now, it’s ready to welcome all of Broadway back.
Bareilles has been back in the rehearsal room with the cast of “Waitress.”
Grab your tissues and listen to our cast sing "Opening Up" for the first time since January 2020! https://t.co/nTbsawWwQ1
— Waitress Musical (@WaitressMusical) August 6, 2021
“It just feels so good to be a part of what is welcoming people back to the city and back to our beloved Theater District,” she told CBS2’s Dana Tyler.
Wednesday morning at Glass House Tavern, the singer-songwriter turned Broadway star reflected on returning to the role of Jenna, the waitress at a crossroads.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Funeral Arrangements Announced As Search Continues For Brian Laundrie
It’s a part Bareilles didn’t initially think about playing while creating the musical, but she warmed up to the idea.
“I just love the show so much. It has become the great love of my artistic life, so it was, like, you know, a natural extension to want to be inside of it,” she said.
“We’ve been given the incredible gift of a relationship with his beautiful wife, Amanda Kloots, and their son, Elvis, and we’ve sort of baked Nick into the show. There’s the pie named after him on our pie board that will be implemented in every production of this show forever and ever, amen,” Bareilles said.
Bareilles says the return of “Waitress” is an emotional but necessary journey.
“Theater is the thing I miss the most about the city,” she said. “Without theater, there is truly something missing.”
Bareilles also says in addition to the excitement of being back on stage, she’s also looking forward to being in the audience at other new and returning Broadway shows.
“Waitress” is returning to Broadway for a limited engagement starting next Thursday, Sept. 2. It runs through Jan. 9, 2022, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on 47th Street.MORE NEWS: Mayor De Blasio Says He Will Visit Rikers Island Next Week Amid Growing Pressure
Proof of vaccination is required for all Broadway shows, and you must wear a mask throughout the performance.