In the above promo for the upcoming play, Bareilles and Jessie Mueller, the star of the show, try to convince viewers to check out the show, to endearingly awkward effect.
The musical, which is based on the 2007 film of the same name, is the first Broadway musical ever to feature an all-female creative team. Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics, Jessie Nelson wrote the show, Lorin Latarro serves as choreographer and Tony Award winner Diane Paulus is directing.
The show tells the story of Jenna, played by Grammy and Tony winner Mueller, a waitress and pie maker living in a small town with a husband she no longer cares for.
“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 offer her a tempting recipe for happiness,” reads a press release for the show. Watch the musical’s adorable trailer below.
In November, Bareilles released an album, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress, in which the “Brave” singer performs the songs she wrote for the upcoming musical. She explained in her new memoir Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song how she was inspired to make her Broadway debut.
“There were moments in the film that emotionally swelled, and I could see how the experience might be deepened with a song,” Bareilles, 36, wrote. “With my natural penchant for melancholy, I re-watched the scene that depicts Jenna’s darkest most broken place.”
Previews for Waitress begin March 25. Opening night will be April 24 at New York City’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre.