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Sara Bareilles Musical ‘Waitress’ Acquired By Bleecker Street – The Hollywood Reporter


Bleecker Street has acquired the U.S. rights to the filmed capture of Sara Bareilles’ Waitress: The Musical. 

The film, which made its world premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival, was captured in 2021, during the musical’s run on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Bareilles, who wrote the score to the musical, alongside a book by Jessie Nelson, also stars in the lead role. 

Waitress: The Musical is scheduled to be released Dec. 7, 2023, in partnership with Fathom Events. This is the second partnership between Bleecker Street, the studio behind the upcoming Meg Ryan film, What Happens Later, and Fathom Events, after Guy Nattiv’s Golda, which was released with Fathom on August 23 in advance of its wider theatrical release. Bleecker Street is also behind the upcoming films Jules starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Mafia Mamma starring Toni Collette and Monica Bellucci.

Fathom has previously released other filmed musicals, including Bandstand, Kinky Boots and Disney’s Newsies

The film was directed by Brett Sullivan, with direction for the stage by Diane Paulus and Nelson as the creative advisor. The capture also stars Eric Anderson, Charity Angél Dawson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Drew Gehling, Caitlin Houlahan, Dakin Matthews and Joe Tippett. 

Michael Roiff, Barry and Fran Weissler, Bareilles, Nelson and Paul Morphos serve as producers, with Alecia Parker as an executive producer

Based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelly, the musical follows Bareilles as Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and pie maker, who dreams of getting out of her unfulfilling marriage. The musical originally ran on Broadway from April 2016 through January 2020 and returned from September 2021 through December of that year.

Joanna Swanson

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