What's new? Waitress National Tour Opening in CLE
Check out Playhouse Square's recipe for a sweet celebration in The Land
By Nicole Canitano
October in Cleveland isn't just synonymous with baseball, vibrant foliage and pumpkin spice...well...everything, it's also the month when the highly anticipated Broadway series at Playhouse Square begins.
This season will be off to a delicious start with the national opening tour of Waitress, the Broadway musical based on the 2007 film starring Keri Russell.
In this live stage version, audiences will meet Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, Jenna fears she may have to abandon the dream of opening her own pie shop forever, until a baking contest in a nearby county and the town's handsome new doctor heat things up. Supported by her quirky crew of fellow waitresses and loyal customers, Jenna discovers the secret ingredient to her happiness has been within her all along.
As a result of the Cleveland casting call, Jenna's daughter, Lulu, will be played by local cuties (check their FB page to find out more) and Cleveland Fox 8's Natalie Herbick will find herself under the bright lights in a walk-on role.
Have we whet your palate yet? If so, it's easy as pie to be a part of this event. See our list of menu items below to find out how you can partake in the excitement.
GET A PIECE OF THE PIE
Experience for yourself the nationally acclaimed Broadway touring cast on stage when you attend one of the performances, running from Oct. 17-Nov. 5. Get tickets here.
ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES
The cast and crew of Waitress will be rolling into town weeks ahead of hitting the stage for the first time. They'll be spending that time building the set, getting a lay of "the Land," rehearsing and readying themselves for the red carpet on Opening Night (Oct. 20), which will be swarming with press from all over.
Pop-Up Welcome Parties
Sara Bareilles, author of the show's music and lyrics, will be in town for Opening Night to help launch the tour. We're also planning to greet the cast and crew as they roll into town. If you'd like your voice heard at these welcome parties, give Nicole at Destination Cleveland a shout so she can keep you updated as we know more. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirited Night of Karaoke
Join Glenn Anderson from Star 102 and the cast after the Oct. 31 performance in a spooktacular sing-a-long as part of the Halloween Cast Album Karaoke. Ticket information will be announced soon.
MY, OH, PIE
Hit up these local sweet spots and host your own personal pie eating contest.
(Spoiler alert: You'll win!)
DUST OFF AUNT MARGE'S RECIPE BOX
Do you or a family member have what it takes to craft the perfect pecan, choicest cherry or superior sweet potato pie? Information about how you can compete in Playhouse Square's Best Pie in Cleveland contest will be announced on Facebook soon.
THE DAILY SPECIALS
Be sure to check Destination Cleveland's social media accounts for the latest details on everything "Waitress" in October and November.
The running of Waitress this fall in Playhouse Square is the first taste of a robust, delicious season of diverse, delectable performances.
No matter how you slice it.