Musical Review: ‘Waitress’ delights audiences at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre

Charity Angel Dawson, Desi Oakley and Lenne Klingman in the National Tour of "Waitress." Photo ©Joan Marcus

DETROIT — A sweet slice of pie arrived at the Fisher Theater in the musical called “Waitress.”  Sugar, butter and flour are all the ingredients you need to make this comedic musical a hit.  There is lots of humor and lots of heart.  This all-female cast is empowering in the highest order.

“Waitress” features music by grammy award-winning singer songwriter Sara Bareilles.  Her favorite song in the musical is “She Used to be Mine.”  It was the first song of all of them she wrote which reflected her life into the story.

The story begins as an unexpectedly pregnant Jenna (Christine Dwyer) who is a waitress and pie maker at a small-town diner.  Her abusive husband Earl (Jeremy Woodard) gets more abusive every day.  When she goes to her gynecologist, the married Dr. Pomatter (Steven Good), (he’s as handsome as the cherry on top of whipped cream), they seem to get involved.  Bareilles creates a song “Bad Idea” for this scene.

In the meantime, Jenna enters a national pie contest and wins $20,000 hoping to make a fresh start in her life.  However, she has to find the courage to do that.

Don’t miss this uplifting, empowering musical celebrating friendship, motherhood and how sugar, flour and butter can make a good deep-dish sweet pie.

I would definitely recommend “Waitress” and thought it was phenomenal.  Way better than I expected. 

Performance times for “Waitress” appearing May 7 – 19, 2019 at the Fisher Theater located at 3011 West Grand Blvd, in Detroit are:

  • Tuesday-Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.     
  • Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.     
  • Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for “Waitress” start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and can be purchased online at or, and also by phone 800-982-2787.

“Waitress” tour montage

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