’Waitress’ on stage over Memorial Day weekend at Worcester’s Hanover Theatre.
'Waitress' on stage over Memorial Day weekend at Worcester's Hanover Theatre. (courtesy hanover theatre)

Meet Jenna, the waitress. She makes a mean apple pie and harbors dreams of escaping her small-town life and rocky marriage.

That's the premise and promise of "Waitress," the Tony-nominated musical on stage at Worcester's Hanover Theatre for eight performances through Sunday, May 26.

Pouring her heart into her pies, Jenna crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life, like "The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie" and "Betrayed by My Eggs Pie."

When a baking contest in a nearby county, plus a satisfying run-in with someone new, give Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she has to find the courage to grab it. Change is on her menu, as long as Jenna writes her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

The musical, part of the Hanover's 10th Anniversary Broadway Series is based on the 2007 film of the same name by the late Adrienne Shelly and brought to life on stage by an all-female creative team — music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, a book by screenwriter Jessie Nelson, and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

"Waitress" had its pre-Broadway tryout at Cambridge's American Repertory Theatre and is still running on Broadway and in London's West End.

Critics have called it "a little slice of heaven" and "sweet, sassy and passionate."

Tickets are $45, $60, $70 and $80, depending on seat location. The Sunday performances include audio-descriptive services at 1 p.m., and ASL interpretation at 6:30 p.m. Call 877-571-7469 or www.thehanovertheatre.org/waitress.