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“Waitress” the musical will serve up women’s history

"Waitress" will be composer Sara Bareilles' Broadway debut. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

When the musical Waitress opens on Broadway next year, it is going to make history, with the four top creative roles filled by women for the first time. Choreographer Lorin Latarro will work with Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, writer Jessie Nelson (Corrina, Corrina and I Am Sam) and composer Sara Bareilles (in her Broadway debut).

Bareilles said she was proud to be part of an all-female team: “It’s really fun to be an example of the way it can look. We are deeply committed to finding a way to build a unified vision.”

Originally a 2007 film, starring Keri Russell, Waitress tells of a pregnant diner waitress and piemaker, unhappily living in a small town and loveless marriage. Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony for best leading actress in a musical playing Carole King in Beautiful will take the lead role.

The Interval, a website trying to raise the profile of women in theatre, found that of the 11 new plays on Broadway last season, only one was written by a woman and only four were directed by women. Only one of 10 new musicals was directed by a woman.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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