Sara Bareilles

Musical version of 'Waitress' hits an affecting Time's-Up chord on Baltimore tour

Musical version of 'Waitress' hits an affecting Time's-Up chord on Baltimore tour

The central character in “Waitress,” the deft musical adaptation of the 2007 film now at the Hippodrome Theatre, speaks for many women when she says that she just won’t settle anymore for being “happy enough.” She wants actual “happy” for a change.

For Jenna, the unusually imaginative pie baker stuck serving in a diner and swerving in a volatile marriage, this aspiration carries extra weight. She has had to stifle her own voice for too long, has had to endure a boorish, brutish husband for too long — his time just has to be up.

When a pie contest with a decent cash prize comes along, Jenna imagines it could provide the escape route she needs. And then she experiences some...

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