Sara Bareilles makes record-breaking Broadway debut in ‘Waitress’ singing her Tony-nominated songs

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles made her Broadway debut in the musical “Waitress” last Friday (March 31). Fans flocked to see her take on the role of the title character, a woman who works as a server in a diner but hopes to serves up a winning pie in a contest. The Saturday evening performance on April 1 set a new house record at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with ticket sales of $180,026. And all four shows over the weekend were sold out.

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While this talented tunesmith had to learn her lines, she already knew all the words to the songs as she wrote them. Bareilles, whose smash debut disc “Little Voice” reached #1 in 22 countries, earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Score. She was bested by Lin-Manuel Miranda who crafted the songs for the blockbuster “Hamilton.”  Bareilles and company also contended for Best Musical Theater Album at the recent Grammys but were edged out by “The Color Purple.”

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“Waitress” is adapted from a 2007 indie movie of the same name about a woman torn between her abusive husband and the town’s new physician. The musical version debuted on Broadway in April 2016 with Tony winner Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful”) in the leading role. It earned four Tony nominations, including Best Musical and a bid for Mueller.

Above: Watch Bareilles perform with Mueller on the Tony Awards in June. They are introduced by Keri Russell, who headlined the late Adrienne Shelly‘s film.

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