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Cheryl Hines

Order up: Talking with Sara Bareilles and the stars of 'Waitress'

Order up: Talking with Sara Bareilles and the stars of 'Waitress'

When Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles was approached about writing the score for a Broadway version of the 2007 indie film hit “Waitress,” she hadn’t seen the movie. But she was ready for a fresh challenge.

“I was a little burnt out with the normal singer-songwriter process. Tour, write a record, tour again,” Bareilles says two days after her triumphant turn as Mary Magdalene in the live Easter television production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

So Bareilles watched the movie about diner waitress Jenna Hunterson, a baker of extraordinary pies and a woman who happens to be trapped in an abusive marriage. Bareilles found it “charming and quirky,” and she said yes to the years-long...

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