Movie Turned Musical, 'Waitress' Stops In Chicago At Cadillac Palace Theater

Lisa Fielding
July 11, 2018 - 10:12 am

Broadway in Chicago

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- You may remember the movie back in 2007, now, Waitress the Musical is spending a few weeks on stage here in Chicago.

It's a story about a pie maker, who's stuck in a loveless, abusive relationship, but it's also about female empowerment and friendship.

"It's about a woman, Jenna, who is stuck in a loveless marriage, then she gets pregnant, she's feeling stuck. It's about her finding her way out and her version of happiness," said Charity Angél Dawson, who plays Becky.

Waitress is based on the 2007 movie by Adrienne Shelly. It made it's stage debut in 2015 and was on Broadway a year later. A U.S. national tour began on October 20, 2017.

The show features original music and lyrics by singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles and brought to life by a groundbreaking all female creative team.

"These women are all just great at their jobs. Being able to share the stage with such strong, powerful women is really inspiring. You don't really see that too much in theater having women being at the center of the story, being at the center of the creation behind the scenes. That's really thrilling," she said.

Joan Marcus

"Waitress" follows Jenna as she dreams of a way out of her small town. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor offer her a chance for a fresh start.

Dawson was an original cast member who created the role of Nurse Norma, who now plays Becky, Jenna's friend and coworker.

"She's sassy, she's spicy, she doesn't have time to mince words. She speaks her mind, but it's all rooted in love and encouragement. She's trying to get her friends to find better for themselves and I can relate to that," Dawson said.

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She said the story is fun, the music is upbeat, but there's serious underlining issues facing the characters.

"It is fun and it's funny and you laugh, but we're dealing with deep topics of domestic violence and abuse and infidelity and I think life's messy, you know and you have ups and you have downs. So it's about how to grapple with it and get to the other side of it and find your green pastures or your place of peace where you have contentment inside. That's the journey everyone in the show goes on."

Joan Marcus

Dawson was also in "The Color Purple," she played Effie in "Dreamgirls," and was in "Kiss Me Kate," "The Wiz," and "West Side Story."

"Waitress" is at the Cadillac Palace Theater through July 22.