The West End production of ‘Waitress’ the Musical officially opened on March 7 at the Adelphi Theatre after a month of preview performances. The show and its star, Katharine McPhee, are getting a warm welcome to London with raves reviews! Keep scrolling below to see what critics are saying, and to check out photos from curtain call of the opening night performance. 

The Times – ★★★★★

“McPhee’s voice has the lilt and lift that takes you away from yourself. She is woman, hear her soar.”

The Telegraph – ★★★★☆

“Katharine McPhee is subtly pained and stoical; a perfectly expressive performance. The Strand could be renamed Female Empowerment Avenue.”

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Encore Radio – ★★★★★

“Katharine McPhee’s heartbreaking rendition of She Used To Be Mine – is one of our show highlights. McPhee pulls the audience into Jenna’s search for liberation from her abusive marriage.”

Musical Theatre Review -★★★★☆

“Katharine McPhee is the heart and soul of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre, the bittersweet musical that has conquered Broadway & looks set for a long run in London’s West End.”

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WhatsOnStage – ★★★★☆

“McPhee is undoubtedly one of the reasons to go to see Waitress. Her pure, powerful voice lends heft and passion to songs such as the confessional She Used to Be Mine and complexity to her constant musings on baking.”

Express – ★★★★★

“It’s a credit to their [Katharine McPhee and David Hunter] talents that they are just as hilarious trying to have illicit hook-ups during Bad Idea as they are tart on It Only Takes A Taste and tender on You Matter To Me.”

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LondonTheatre – ★★★★☆

“Under the guiding eyes of director Diane Paulus and choreographer Lorin Latarro, this story about a woman’s life, told entirely from her point of view, is beautifully championed – and gets a sterling boost from American import Katharine McPhee, who has an effortlessly natural acting style and an alternately soaring and throbbing singing voice.”

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The Evening Standard – ★★★★☆

“Sara Bareilles has crafted a propulsive score and lyrics packed with poppy nostalgia. The best of them are soaringly delivered by Katharine McPhee, who’s engaging as the perpetually disappointed Jenna.”

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