Sara Bareilles Returning to 'Waitress,' Joining Jason Mraz For Two Week Run

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Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz take a bow at the curtain call of Broadway's "Waitress" at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Nov. 3, 2017 in New York City.

Sugar, butter and another reason to see the show.

Sara Bareilles will return to her Broadway creation Waitress as leading lady Jenna for another six weeks at the pie shop. Currently Jason Mraz stars in the show as Dr. Pomatter, and has now decided to extend his ten week run to twelve, overlapping Bareilles' return for two weeks of onstage magic in January 2018. 

Waitress tells the story of down-on-her-luck pie maker Jenna, who becomes trapped in a toxic marriage when she accidentally becomes pregnant. With her sights set on winning a pie-baking contest to get her out of this mess, Jenna finds love in an affair with her married gynocolegist Dr. Pomatter along the way. 

The two singers originated the vocals for Jenna and Dr. Pomatter back during the recording of What's Inside: Songs from Waitress prior to opening in New York. Mraz joined Bareilles on two tracks, "Bad Idea" and "You Matter To Me," both of which made it through to the onstage production.

Bareilles was gunning for Mraz's participation from the start, cold-calling him twice to join in on the studio recording, and then to try his hand at acting. In an interview with Billboard, Mraz admitted,  "How do you say no to her? Inside my head I'm screaming, 'No, don't do it! You're crazy!' She's not exactly easy to turn down ... But I thought, I've gotta do it for her, and I gotta see what the experience is going to feel like, and I gotta tell you, I'm absolutely loving it."

Prior to stepping onstage, Mraz wasn't so sure he'd ever consider spending more time on Broadway. "It's a long time to be away from my cat," Mraz explained, "It would have to be the right show, the right role." It's no surprise that longtime friend Bareilles was able to convince him to stay away from his cats even longer, before leaving Broadway on his original departure date of Jan. 14. 

Catch the two stars onstage Jan. 16 through Jan. 28 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York.