Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)
Years ago, while going through a break-up, a friend saw my sadness and handed me the 2007 movie Waitress (starring Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion), an unexpected romantic comedy about nurturing the spark of life inside you, especially when it seems the world has snuffed it out. It never became one of my favorite movies, but it made a distinct impression on me and I would think about it often.
Fast forward to a few months ago when I learned that Sara Bareilles, a singer/songwriter I admire, had composed the soundtrack for a Broadway musical based on this overlooked cult classic. I was unsurprisingly intrigued and sought it out. Within the first few lines, I knew this music was going to be something special, and by the end of the album it had become my new favorite musical. The songs grabbed onto those emotional threads that had stayed with me after watching the movie and tied them tightly to my heart with rich lyrics and melodies.
The songs range from hilarious to heartfelt, with phenomenal performances by the Broadway cast. Uplifting, strong, and honest without becoming sickly sweet (despite all those songs about pie!), this album will pick you up when you’re down. I also highly recommend the album What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress, where Sara Bareilles herself performs many of the songs with less of that Broadway theatricality and more of her intimate piano and vocal style.
Located in Soundtracks (CD SDTK WAITRESS #1)