Frank M from Portland, Oregon
SOLID PLAY BUT BE CAREFUL BUYING TICKETS
Most everyone has covered the actual play. I'm writing to inform others that the stage design makes a difference on seat choices. The diner's kitchen is to the far left.. If you sit in the far left orchestra section there will be parts of the action you can't see (even the furthest right seats of that section) and the sound to the far left of the left section is terrible. The stage design is a bit questionable - why have the band centered to the stage and a set element where action happens in a place where some patrons can't see the action?
Linda C from San Francisco, CA
CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS AGAIN!
This Tony nominated musical (up against Hamilton) showcases what Sara Bareilles does best - fantastic sing along melodies and lyrics that tell a story with poetry, humor, melancholy, and love. I was fortunate enough to see this with Sara B. in the role of Jenna but she wrote incredible songs for each cast member. Every song got a standing ovation during the show, which made the show run three hours, but it was one of the highlights of theatre for me and my son (right up there with seeing the original Broadway cast of Into The Woods with Sondheim and Lapine in conversation and Hamilton) Can't wait to see this again!
Tracy Smith from Fort Worth, Texas
Four of us saw Waitress this past Friday at Bass Hall in Ft. Worth. Bass Hall is wonderful & WE LOVED THE SHOW!! The entire ensemble was amazing & perfectly on point. The voices of the lead women melded & matched perfectly. Every singer was AMAZING!! We thought the setting & choreography were excellent. Everyone delivered a lovely, nuanced performance. It is enjoyable for ages 12 & up. We would DEFINITELY recommend this show! The ONLY criticism we all had (as well as others in the audience) was that the gain was up too high on the mics & the band overpowered the singers consistently. We probably missed more than half the lyrics to the songs, which was regrettable. Other than that, we loved ALL of the performance!! We decided we would definitely love to see this cast perform Waitress again soon!!
Keith O from Nashville, Tennessee
AMAZING NASHVILLE SHOW
Just saw the show in Nashville and absolutely loved it. Super funny, sad and entertaining. Music was great he lead's voice was spectacular! The entire cast was fantastic. Must see show!
Susan from Dallas, Texas
NO SURPRISE THAT NY IS BEST!
Saw in NY first with Jason Mraz and loved the energy. And just about everything. Huge long- time fan of Sara. Definitely not for kids based on adult content. Traveling show is great. Just needed a bit more energy and less southern accent emphasis while singing. Lead used speaking through her teeth as a heavy part of her southern accent. Not totally necessary. Tempo of music and dialogue were slower in Dallas. Lost the energy of some great songs and scenes. Finale was jumbled. Fair Park is a tough venue. Kinda have to sit on the floor midway to front to see. Might be better to see it at AT&T or Bass if it shows there.
from Boston, Massachusetts
Loved the musical.women - soft , sensitive and wow ,motherhood changes everything.great music, great presentation- simply loved it.I could sit for another hour.Awesome.Strong message for young girls everywhere - you have a right to dream and pursue your dream.
Carol Dykstra from Boston, Massachusetts
"Waitress" is sweet, funny and poignant. The great actors and songs bring it to life. Too many laughs to count! For two hours I forgot about all the Bad Stuff Out There. And in Quiet moments the audience of over 2,600 was so Still you could hear a pin drop. Theatergoers know how to behave! Yes I would recommend it to anyone. Not to children under 12. Yes found good restaurant nearby
Freeman from Washington, District of Columbia
Worth seeing for sure. Only disappointment is lead actress. Everyone else amazing.
Beth from New York
Saw this show in New York Twice. I've seen just about every Broadway show and this is one of the top 5. If only Christopher Fitzgerald could have a permanent role as "Ogie." He is HYSTERICAL. Laugh out loud hysterical. But all of the cast were wonderful. I want to see it again.
from Boston, Massachusetts
I absolutely loved this show, especially since I saw it when Sara Bareilles was performing. Everything about it was incredible. I laughed and cried and had a great time. I definitely want to see it again because it changed my life and the singing was incredible. After i watched the show I listened to the soundtrack for a straight up month non-stop. That's how good it was! 6/5 stars
Marcia B from Central Illinois
IT WAS WORTH THE DRIVE FROM CENTRAL ILLINOIS
Went with Niece and sister. All three loved the show. Lots of laughs. great stress reducer for us all. Go see it!
Paul from Chicago, Illinois
Although the voices were good enough, the music was forgettable and the story was not very interesting. Didn't really connect with any of the characters, especially the lead. Unlike most of the musicals I've seen there is not one song I'd be interested in hearing again on a soundtrack.
Marcuserroneous from Cleveland, Ohio
LESS THAN OVERWHELMED
The staging, costumes, singing and choreography were good. However, the story was ho-hum and only picked up after the intermission. The songs were forgettable. The only really memorable character was the nerdy guy. The show has a couple of songs and some dialog that are too raunchy for non-adults and one's mother. The Wed. evening show was sold out, but I guess not really for this show but for the Hamilton show it was bundled with.
David Silverman from Washington, District of Columbia
THIS WAS LIKE WATCHING A CARTOON WITH CARTOON CHARACTERS.
I have seen a lot of shows, both on Broadway and here in DC. As far as shows go, this one was (unfortunately) closer to the bottom than the top. The story was predictable, the songs were forgettable and the acting was way over the top for no apparent reason. Just like the skits in Saturday Night Live always go on longer than they should, all of the actions and reactions are overblown as if the audience is a mile away and could not otherwise see what is in front of them. If the characters had merely acted like normal human beings, this play could have been much better and the characters more relatable. But as presented, it was like watching a cartoon with cartoon characters. The one bright spot was Desi Oakley's singing (she plays the lead, Jenna). She has a phenomenal voice...even better than the leads we saw in Les Mis. I would love to hear more of that, whether she is acting or just being herself.
JANE from CLEBURNE TX
Never have we experienced such a disappointing musical performance at the Bass as we did this afternoon! "Waitress' certainly speaks poorly of the newer generation--crude language and subject matter left us cold. Nothing of the entertainment quality that we have for so many years respected at the Bass. Surely our city and citizens expect better and you can do better. Only positive that I can give about the show was the talented dancer who married one of the waitresses....he was funny and the only spot that won our group's applause.
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