Reviewed by Amanda Dando
Waitress The Musical opened at Milton Keynes Theatre tonight Monday 4th October. It might be worth checking, prior to travelling the locals roads out, as we were nearly caught out by a closure of part of the A5. We then made our way to the car park behind the Theatre only to find it was closed! No matter, we made it, eventually. Be prepared to show your COVID pass or test results from a LFT test taken in the passed 48 hours on the door, you are also asked to arrive in a time slot, which made entering the Theatre quick and easy.
Pre-pandemic Waitress was on my list of want to see shows, so I was pleased to be picked to review, it’s always nice to see something entirely new. Aside from the obvious, it’s about a Waitress, I had no clue what the story was about or what the soundtrack was.
Waitress tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a Waitress along with her two friends Becky and Dawn in an American Diner. Jenna falls unexpectedly pregnant in her unhappy marriage to Earl.
Jenna played by Lucie Jones has an outstanding voice, I think my favourite song would be She used to be mine in act two. Simply fantastic. It’s a grown up show, with some salty language and some funny sexy scenes, and some very witty one liners which make you laugh out loud. What an all star cast we were treated to, Matt Williams as Dr Pomatter, Sandra Marvin as Becky, Evelyn Hoskins as Dawn and Michael Starke (Brookside fame) as Joe. George Crawford as Ogie was hilarious and over acted the part to perfection. Nurse Norma possibly had the best one liners.
The songs are all originals, which is hard as everyone loves to toe tap to their favourite tunes in a musical. The tone isn’t necessarily upbeat, but all the songs helped tell the story. A story that many woman will relate to, trapped in a loveless marriage with a baby on the way is not a new story, many of us will have some understanding in one way or another of how life feels in those circumstances. The show takes us through a variety of emotions as we travel with Jenna through her pregnancy. I love a show that makes you think, and enjoyed seeing Jenna make the right choices for herself and her daughter.
Fab to see the band on the stage, although slightly tucked to the side, having them on stage made all the difference. They were pitch perfect throughout.
My personal favourite was how labour was depicted on stage, it was very cleverly done and quite emotional. The whole cast, be it actors dancers singers were amazing from start to finish. This isn’t a show for glitzy costumes and backdrops, it’s a simple story told well with a cast who clearly loved the show, I won’t spoil the story, but you will leave smiling. Well done everyone, if it were a pie that Jenna baked, it would be the winning walnut waitress pie. Get your tickets now it’s in Milton Keynes until Saturday 9th October.
Tickets cost from £13 plus transaction fee £3.65
Waitress is at Milton Keynes Theatre Milton Keynes 4-9 October for more information or to book tickets visit Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office | Buy Tickets Online | ATG Tickets.
Or call the box office on 02072061174
500 Marlborough Gate Central Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ