REVIEW: Waitress at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Joe’s Diner is officially open for business, and Waitress is serving up a five-star show at Wolverhampton Grand.

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Having dominated on Broadway and in the West End, it’s likely that you’ve heard of Waitress, the Tony Award-nominated musical that follows the life of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and pie maker extraordinaire who discovers she’s pregnant with her abusive husband’s baby. In the midst of trying to muster up the strength to leave her husband, Jenna falls in love with her gynaecologist, Dr Pomatter, all whilst trying to create the perfect recipes to win a pie-making contest that may change her life.

With both music and lyrics masterfully penned by Sara Bareilles, Waitress has all the right ingredients to make for a Michelin Star show – and it delivers on every level. Take your seat at the table because you’re in for a sweet treat, served with a side helping of happiness.

Waitress has been high on my list of must-see shows. Ever since it made its way over the UK in 2019 after making its Broadway debut three years prior, the all-female creative show has won over audiences with its powerful story sandwiched between laugh-out-loud moments and a dusting of romance and friendship for good measure.

Chelsea Halfpenny takes on the role of leading lady Jenna, and her performance is out of this world. Her sensational delivery of ‘She Used To Be Mine’ was one of the most powerful solo performances I’ve ever seen at the Grand, so much so that I wondered if the audience would ever wrap up its applause.

Chelsea Halfpenny and David Hunter as Jenna and Dr Pomatter in the UK tour of Waitress. Credit: Johan Persson

West End show favourites David Hunter and Evelyn Hoskins reprise their West End roles as the equally hilarious Dr. Pomatter and Dawn, joined by Wendy Mae Brown (Becky), and George Crawford as the delightfully adorable Ogie. Each contributes spectacularly, creating the perfect recipe for a show that is as hilarious as it is heartwarming.

Waitress doesn’t need to be sugarcoated in order to be enjoyed, everything about it is an utter delight. It’s a show that captures you from the first number; it ignites and fills your body and soul with so much joy that you can’t help but fall head over heels in love with it. You’ll laugh, cry, and have the time of your life at Joe’s Diner. It’s a feel-good show at its very best, and it really is a treat to welcome it to Wolverhampton.

Waitress runs at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre until Saturday, July 2. Limited tickets are available, click here to book yours.

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