Sara Barielles during her hometown concert in Halvorsen Park in 2022 | File photo: Andrew Goff


If you missed your chance to see Sara Bareilles – Humboldt’s favorite Eureka-raised singer, songwriter and actress – on the stage during her hometown concert last year, you will soon have a chance to see her on the silver screen, with the filmed capture of her hit Broadway show Waitress: The Musical scheduled to come to movie theaters this December. 

The film, which was captured in 2021 during the show’s remount at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, made its world premiere in June at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. It was recently announced that film company Bleecker Street has acquired the rights to the film and, in partnership with Fathom Events, will be releasing it nationwide on Dec. 7. 

In case you are not aware, our girl Sara B. composed and wrote the music and lyrics for the show, including such well-known numbers as “She Used to Be Mine,” which helped make the musical a smashing success. In the 2021 remount (and the film) Bareilles also plays the lead role of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and baker who dreams of escaping her small town and a loveless marriage.  

Though we are not exactly sure what movie theaters will pick up the film, we can only assume that at least one local venue will screen the movie, so that Humboldt County residents will have another chance to celebrate our beloved Bareilles. 

Watch the trailer for the filmed version of Waitress: The Musical below!