Published on June 17th, 2019 | by voxx0
For me personally, musicals can be a mixed bag. Sure, I enjoy the entertainment genre quite a lot, but the repeating flaws each structure has and the prices can make it a hard one to jump into.
Based on the 2007 film of the same name, ‘Waitress’ follows a young waitress known as Jenna and her everyday life working 9-5 in a pie diner with partners Dawn and Becky, creating plenty of interesting scenarios and characters. Whilst working, Jenna falls pregnant with her abusive partner Earl’s baby, and she must strive to escape the shattered relationship before her life becomes even more miserable. Now, stories like this usually tend to bore me, but for once it was paced and handled in such a way that even I was able to appreciate every layer, really buying the characters as real people.
Visually, the set was simple yet creative, using a number of characters to tell a convincing story, which I much prefer to those musicals that have far more complex structures yet fail on delivering a compelling cast. Thankfully, while simple, the sets still look nice and the characters really bring them to life. The hospital and diner especially felt so real – aside from the singing and dancing of course, but that’s kind of the point of a musical. The costume designs were also spot on.
Most importantly, I loved the music. I honestly never expected to warm to it so much, especially listening beforehand, and watching the performance I came to realise how good it is. Every song has a note that hooks you, even when the tones completely change. Even the slower numbers had me on the edge of my seat – and dare I say even a little emotional… This is a wonderful achievement, to say the least. Some of my favourites include ‘It Only Takes A Taste’, ‘You Will Still Be Mine’, ‘Bad Idea’, ‘Never Getting Rid Of Me’, ‘I Didn’t Plan It’ and ‘Take It From An Old Man’.
I would genuinely give ‘Waitress’ my highest recommendation. A great story, fantastic characters, great acting, fun jokes and an unforgettable soundtrack makes for the perfect recipe. I’d happily watch it multiple times, and honestly it’s even inspired me to try and write better myself. It’s that good.
- By Samuel Wood