Broadway makes return to the Kent State PAC

Broadway makes return to the Kent State PAC
Jeremy Daniel

Broadway will make its return to New Philadelphia with the national tour of “Waitress,” the hit Broadway musical from Grammy Award winner Sara Bareilles.

                        

Broadway will make its return to New Philadelphia with the national tour of “Waitress,” the hit Broadway musical from Grammy Award winner Sara Bareilles. The tour will play one night only at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University Tuscarawas on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.”

When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying encounter with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

“Waitress” opened April 24, 2016, at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, “Waitress” is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order,” the Chicago Tribune said.

The musical celebrates friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie.

Tickets for “Waitress” start at $59 and are on sale at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 330-308-6400 or online at www.kent.edu/tuscpac. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As part of its health and safety protocols and consistent with many venues across the country, the Performing Arts Center is instituting a mask requirement for entry to the facility for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Visit www.kent.edu/tuscpac/health-and-safety.

The Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Kent State Tuscarawas at 330 University Drive NE in New Philadelphia.


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