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'Waitress' to return to Broadway with Sara Bareilles as star

Sara Bareilles attends the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2018. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI
Sara Bareilles attends the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2018. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

July 7 (UPI) -- Waitress will return to Broadway in the fall.

Producers announced Wednesday that the Sara Bareilles musical will have a limited engagement on Broadway that opens in September.

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The musical will open Sept. 2 at Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York and run through Jan. 9.

Bareilles will reprise the role of Jenna Hunterson from Sept. 2 through Oct. 17.

Waitress features music and lyrics by Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name starring Keri Russell as Jenna, a waitress and baker in a loveless marriage who enters a baking contest.

"I couldn't miss the opportunity to be there when Broadway welcomes audiences back into theaters that have been sitting dark for over a year," Bareilles said in a statement. "It is a gift to get to revisit the beautiful story of Waitress, centered around hope, resilience and the support of our chosen family."

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"Broadway is grit and grace, magic and mayhem, and I can't wait to feel the electricity that pulses through all of us as the curtains rise once again," she added.

Waitress first debuted on Broadway in 2016.

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