• Desi Oakley as Jenna in "Waitress."

‘Waitress Cast Album Karaoke’ at Wharton Center

By |2018-01-24T15:35:23-05:00January 24th, 2018|Entertainment, Lansing, Neighborhoods|

It’s the dream of many to sing Broadway hits live onstage, and with Wharton Center’s upcoming performance of “Waitress,” that dream is all the more accessible through “Cast Album Karaoke.” The karaoke was such a success on Broadway, that it is now part of the touring show. After the Jan. 24 performance of the show, interested audience members will be chosen at random to sing one minute of their favorite “Waitress” song onstage, accompanied by the show’s musical director. The event will be hosted by the Wharton Center’s Bob Hoffman and a cast member from the production.
Based on the 2007 film written by Adrienne Shelly, “Waitress” first appeared on Broadway in 2016. The story follows Jenna, a waitress and expert pie makers who is stuck in a small town and loveless marriage. Jenna realizes that in order to change her life, she must take action. She is given the chance when a baking contest is held in a nearby town and a new doctor takes up residence.
According to a Wharton Center Press release, “‘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 five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.”
The musical will be at the Wharton Center from Tuesday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 28. Tickets are on sale now through http://whartoncenter.com or by calling 1-800-WHARTON. The Wharton Center is located at 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing.

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