View post tag: News by topic Training & Education USS Gunston Hall Arrives in Toulon, France Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Gunston Hall Arrives in Toulon, France View post tag: Hall November 15, 2012 View post tag: Toulon View post tag: Gunston View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: France U.S. Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) enjoyed the opportunity to experience French culture during a port visit to Toulon, France, Nov. 10-12.Crew members used the port visit as a chance to not only relax and enjoy some free time but to learn about local cuisine, culture and history.“I truly wasn’t sure what to expect, seeing how this is the first country I’ve been to outside of America,” said Engineman Fireman Apprentice Itzel Valdez. “I really enjoyed viewing all the old buildings, and the people were really friendly too.”Many crew members participated in tours organized by Gunston Hall’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team. Tours being offered included an all day countryside excursion with a stop at a local winery and a guided tour to Monte Carlo. “I really wanted to see the authentic French countryside,” said Lt. j.g. Patrick Cummings. “It was really neat to be able to see all of these little country towns, it was everything I was hoping to get out of a tour to this area.” “This was an extremely successful port visit in terms of MWR tours,” said Lt. j.g. Morgan Hill, Gunston Hall’s MWR officer. “The tours were fully booked and we’ve had nothing but positive feedback from our Sailors and Marines.”In addition to tours, crew members were able to walk from the ship to the local shops and restaurants in Toulon. “I didn’t sign up for any tours this time,” said Religious Programs Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Shields. “My liberty buddies and I spent a majority of our time eating, relaxing, sightseeing and exploring the town.”Whether they took advantage of MWR tours or just browsed the local shops and restaurants, Gunston Hall Sailors and Marines got the opportunity to relax and make the most of their visit to Toulon.The military port of Toulon is home to the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle and her battle group. The French Mediterranean fleet is based in Toulon and it’s the major naval center on France’s Mediterranean coast.Gunston Hall is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Gunston Hall is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 15, 2012 Share this article
Fats distributors say red tape could prevent their sustainable palm oil products from carrying a new certification logo.The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) logo can only be used by its members on products that contain palm-derived ingredients sourced in compliance with RSPO standards. Although the design was released last year, rules governing the use of the trademark have just been published.While Bako distributes fats, it does not manufacture them, but even under the new rules it said it, too, would need RSPO approval. Fats buyer Frank Wade said he had wanted to put something on products about the fact they are sustainably sourced. “Our manufacturer Cardowan in Glasgow has taken the time to get itself approved by the RSPO, but that’s not good enough,” said Wade. “We have to pay E2,000 to be on the RSPO’s books and would need to be audited, although we’re only transporting it. The system seems to be tied up with red tape. There’s nothing to stop us simply saying our products are fully sustainable I’m not sure we will bother [using the logo].”BFP Wholesale is similarly affected, said MD Nick Harris. “We’re hanging fire and won’t be applying for certification until we get clarification. When Fairtrade started to be available, it was suggested that distributors needed to be registered, but that is only the case for some products.”However, an RSPO spokesman said a firm, such as a wholesaler, could distribute products made by an RSPO-certified manufacturer, who had used the RSPO logo on-pack, without themselves being certified. “The use of the RSPO trademark is subject to strict rules that are meant to protect the value of the trademark as well as the integrity and credibility of the RSPO.” He said the membership came with obligations, but these were fundamental to the protection of the brand.
For their 17th show at the famed Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, the Dave Matthews Band pulled out all the stops. Now a few shows into their extensive summer tour, DMB has played a “bust out” on nearly every stop, bringing out tour debuts and long-lost gems on the regular. The band also started their tour with three new song debuts, “Bismarck,” “Samurai Cop,” and “Bob Law,” and have kept the tunes in tight rotation for all their fans to enjoy.The band started their show with the classic tune “Crash Into Me,” played as an opener for the first time since 3/24/07. The set featured five total tour debuts: “Proudest Monkey,” “Stolen Away On 55th & 3rd,” So Damn Lucky,” “Pig,” “Drive In Drive Out,” and “Everyday.” With so many great songs brought out for the show, and a monster run of “So Much To Say” > “Anyone Seen The Bridge” > “Too Much [fake]” > “Tripping Billies” > “Warehouse” for the encore, it was truly a masterful performance from Dave Matthews.Watch fan-shot video highlights below, courtesy of Chris Jordan.Proudest MonkeyMinaretsStolen Away On 55th & 3rdPigAnts MarchingThe full setlist can be seen below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists
Pink Talking Fish has just announced their fall tour, which will see the group that melds music from the well-loved catalogs of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish tour across the East, Midwest, and Canada. While a number of these shows will feature more standard Pink Talking Fish performances, the group also announced that it has two very special concept runs planned for October—”Pink Talking Fish Starts Making Sense” and “Phishbills.”The first concept run, “Pink Talking Fish Starts Making Sense,” will span across October 19th through 21st and New York and Pennsylvania, with the group teaming with the Talking Heads’ tribute band, Start Making Sense, for three nights of collaborative music from the two acts. Leading up to Halloween, Pink Talking Fish will debut their second concept run called “Phishbills.” This run will take place from October 26th through 28th in Charlottesville, VA; Washington, DC; and Philadelphia, PA, with the band focused on integrating material from Phish’s legendary Halloween costume sets—such as numbers from The Beatles’ White Album, Talking Heads’ Remain In Light, The Velvet Underground’s Loaded, Phish’s own Fuego, and more—into their more classic two-set show.Pink Talking Fish’s fall tour commences with a string of festival performances at Adirondack Independence, Great North, Wibtoberfest at Wibby Brewing, and Wormtown Music Festival. On September 22nd, the tour kicks into high gear, with the group performing a number of club appearances across the Northeast in New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York, with a final show in Toronto, Ontario to end the tour’s first leg. After the planned concept runs in October, the band reconvenes for the second leg of their fall tour in Charleston, South Carolina, on November 15th, with the group then hitting North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia. The tour wraps up with a date in Hartford, Connecticut on the 22nd and a three-night tour-closing run at Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, Ohio from November 30th through December 2nd.[Photo: Capacity Images]
Just after dawn yesterday at McCurdy Outdoor Track behind Harvard Stadium, 25 Army cadets stood in formation, ready for group exercise. Ten were students from Harvard. Clad in gray T-shirts and black shorts, they launched into an hour of stretching, push-ups, lunges, squat thrusts, and “high knees,” a heart-pumping exercise that resembles skipping.The calisthenics, routine on any other day for cadets, marked the first time in 41 years that Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) students have used Harvard campus facilities for their training.On Thursday comes a footnote. Harvard will host the first military science class taught on campus since 1971. That year, in the wake of Vietnam-era protests, the University dropped ROTC as an official campus organization. The decision to renew on-campus ties with ROTC followed expiration of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, which had banned gays from the military. MS 101, an hourlong class in Hilles Hall, is an introductory course required of cadets, including those participating in the Paul Revere Battalion. That is the nine-school regional consortium unit, which includes Harvard, that is based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The battalion supports training for 78 Army cadets in the Boston area. There are six sophomores and four freshmen from Harvard in the program.“The resumption of ROTC training on campus marks a new phase in the historic relationship between Harvard and the military,” said President Drew Faust. “The increased activity will make the military experience more familiar to many of our students, and it will introduce them to the leadership opportunities that the ROTC has to offer.”Harvard opened an ROTC office in Hilles Hall for a Navy unit last September. The University opened a second office on campus in March after renewing ties with the Army ROTC. But until yesterday, no formal training had taken place on campus.Molly McFadden ’15 (second from left) was among the 25 Army cadets who met to do an hour of stretching, push-ups, lunges, squat thrusts, and “high knees,” a heart-pumping exercise that resembles skipping.“It’s definitely cool to be a part of the experience of ROTC coming back to Harvard,” said Charlotte “Charley” Falletta ’16, a freshman from suburban Buffalo, N.Y., who was three days into ROTC. She credited the ROTC sophomores at Harvard with clearing the way, saying, “They were the pioneers.”Attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point had been a possibility, “but it’s a really nice option to do ROTC here and get the Harvard experience,” said Falletta, 18. “I’m grateful — very grateful.”“We tend to grow at Harvard after the first semester, as people find out about us,” said the battalion’s commanding officer, Lt. Col. Adam T. Edwards, a West Point graduate and 19-year Army veteran.Dressed in his own workout gear, he stood to one side while the cadets — led by a rugged-looking junior from Tufts University — went through their exercises on the damp grass. A breeze swept the field, giving the chilly morning an extra bite. “As we continually preach to them,” said Edwards of the cadets, “the Army is an outside sport.”The battalion will undergo two formal physical fitness assessments this year, the first in late October. The test involves two minutes of push-ups and sit-ups, along with a two-mile run.“It’s introductory,” said Edwards of Monday’s training, just as the first military science classes are an introduction to service fundamentals. “We’re looking at overall fitness. To be an Army officer, you have to be fit to survive and thrive on the battlefield.”Edwards, an engineering officer, has had two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He also was once deployed to Bosnia.“Good physical fitness also helps with mental fitness,” he said. “Officers are the thinkers and planners of the Army, and to do that you need to be physically fit.”Finishing the session but not even breathing hard, Adam Hotchkiss ’15 added a similar observation. Although a sophomore, he too is in his first week of training. “ROTC gives you a good balance between your hard academic studies and being physically fit,” said the Currier House resident from near Rochester, N.Y. “ I think physical fitness coincides with your mental health.”The commitment to ROTC — with its early hours, tight structure, and physical demands — will help with the mental effort of studying, said Hotchkiss, 19, who is considering a neurobiology concentration. “Being at Harvard last year as a freshman was very difficult academically. At times, I found myself not motivated mentally.”Changing that involves “forcing myself in this disciplinary manner,” he said of ROTC, which means morning homework and an improved sleep cycle. “I never would have gotten up this early last year.”The workouts, which are required three mornings a week, will get tougher, said Edwards, whose career included Army Airborne Ranger training at Fort Bragg, N.C. “We’ll ramp it up, make it more difficult.” He looked over at the cadets, who were doing one-armed push-ups.The workouts will be at Harvard on Mondays, at MIT on Wednesdays, and at Tufts on Fridays.In the classroom, cadets will experience a series of what Edwards called “labs,” or practical training sessions. Included are “combat lifesaver” training, which is first aid; land navigation; and a three-day field training exercise in October at Fort Devens, west of Boston. Between the junior and senior year in Army ROTC comes “LDAC,” the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Wash., which includes 29 days of continuous outdoor training meant to simulate a deployment.At Harvard and elsewhere, the basic ROTC mission is to give students increasing amounts of responsibility, because all non-classroom activities are cadet-run. Said Edwards of ROTC, “We’re a leadership laboratory.”
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.When he was 14, David Coletti dreamed of a different life. It had him studying every language he could, traveling the world, “making an impact” — and Harvard playing a big role.For four years, the Quincy native has worked to breathe life into that dream. Coletti got into the school he hoped for, and here he has become a peer adviser, a volunteer with Philips Brooks House Association (PBHA), a traveler, a conversationalist (and listener) in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian, and a student of history and literature determined to break down barriers and foster connections.After graduation in May, he will work for a Manhattan law firm in international litigation with Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.It’s a good fit for the Kirkland House senior who loves communication. But expressing himself didn’t always come easy.As a young boy Coletti battled self-esteem issues fueled by trouble at home. His mother suffered from drug addiction, and his parents divorced when he was 9. His father and stepmother gained custody when he was 12 and encouraged him to try acting to help him boost his self-confidence. After a false start at a local theater, Coletti gave it another try at school. He was a natural.“Being able to act onstage and improvise and sing allowed me to perform better in the classroom,” said Coletti. “I wasn’t afraid to raise my hand. I wasn’t afraid to speak my opinion. I wasn’t afraid to stand up for myself. I didn’t have those fears that I used to have.”His comfort on stage translated into public speaking and student government roles in high school. But he struggled again junior year. There, in a Catholic boys’ school, and amid the pressures of college exams and applications, he came out.“It was a very dark time for me,” he recalled. “A lot of this stuff I kept to myself.”Coletti credits counseling, medication, and support from family, friends, and the school’s guidance department for helping him and inspiring him to stop hiding.“I realized I didn’t need to pretend to be something that I am not and that I needed to show other people that they can be their authentic selves. Senior year I decided to stand in my own truth.”It wasn’t always easy—for instance, when he proposed canceling the school’s blood drive until gay students could donate. His efforts, he said, “began a conversation and helped me realize how important conversation is to help change people’s minds and change people’s hearts.”The theme of conversation factored into his Harvard application. Coletti didn’t hesitate at an optional essay asking for a hypothetical letter to a future roommate.He would be there, he wrote, “if they ever wanted to talk about what it’s like to be gay, to have parents who didn’t attend the elite colleges, to grow up in a working-class city, to have a parent who is a drug abuser, to have depression.”“Harvard cares about conversation,” Coletti remembered thinking as he worked on the essay.He has kept the dialogue going on campus and beyond. Coletti went to Brazil as a freshman with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, helping counsel Brazilian college students who were considering travel and study abroad. The trip sparked a passion for the country and he returned to Sao Paolo the next two summers through a grant from the Weissman International Internship Program. A grant from Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs supported the research that would become his senior thesis: how the socioeconomic policy of Brazil’s military regime affected the LGBTQ community in Sao Paolo.Helping others on Harvard’s campus and beyond is paramount to Coletti. Through PBHA, he has taught U.S. political history and civics to elementary school students in East Boston, and he’s been a Peer Advising Fellow since his sophomore year, helping freshmen ease into college life. Coletti called engaging with incoming students and watching them flourish on campus “more rewarding than getting an A.”“The fact that I got to be part of their story and that they got to be a part of mine is really what makes Harvard such a special place to me.”Promoting equality and social justice has been important to Coletti’s Harvard story. When a gay friend was attacked on social media, Coletti wrote an opinion piece for the Harvard Crimson titled “My Identity Isn’t a Sin,” in which he opposed the “love the sinner but hate the sin” argument.“I refuse to believe that this part of me is a sin,” he said.While many gay Catholics thanked him, other readers pushed back. The detractors didn’t dissuade Coletti. His editorial “was a jumping off point for conversation.”And by now, conversation is essential to Coletti. He hopes eventually to go to law school and then continue his fight for rights for the LGBTQ community and “for the issues I believe in.”
Must we allow symbols of racism on public land? Annette Gordon-Reed, the Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard Law School and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor.One of the nation’s most accomplished historians and legal scholars, Gordon-Reed is admired throughout academia for the cross-disciplinary lens through which she studies American history. Her scholarship has reframed the historical dialogue about slavery and enslaved peoples in the United States by enhancing America’s understanding of race in the Colonial era, and her biographies of key figures in American history, including the Hemings family of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Johnson, have brought a new light to the contemporary interpretations of their lives and work.“Annette Gordon-Reed has changed how people think about America,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “Through her extraordinarily incisive scholarship, she carefully reveals truth and, in the process, urges all of us to confront our past and present so that we might imagine a better future. Her voice has never been more important to our national conversation, and I am thrilled that she will join the ranks of the University’s most celebrated faculty members.”John F. Manning, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and professor of law at Harvard Law School, said, “I am delighted that the University has recognized my colleague Annette Gordon-Reed with the honor of serving as the Carl M. Loeb University Professor. Professor Gordon-Reed is a superb historian who has fundamentally remade our understanding of family and domestic relations in the history of enslaved people in the United States and prompted a profound reckoning with contradictions in the life of Thomas Jefferson. Professor Gordon-Reed is also an exceptional and tireless contributor to the Harvard community, willing time and time again to bring her tremendous skill, wisdom, and integrity to critical assignments on behalf of both the Law School and the University.”Claudine Gay, the Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African-American Studies, said, “This is wonderful recognition of Annette’s seminal contributions to our understanding of American history, including our most harrowing tragedies and painful contradictions. She reminds us of the transformative power of academic discovery. I am thrilled by this appointment.”Gordon-Reed’s first book, “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy” (1997), directly took on the topic of whether Jefferson and Hemings had children together. In it she successfully challenged the accepted view that they did not by carefully examining the underlying assumptions of past historians and cross-checking historical documents, accounts, statements, and Hemings family oral tradition.Her second ground-breaking work on the subject, “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” brought three generations of the family to life and shined an uncommon light on the lives of African American slaves in the period. Published in 2008, the book provoked a national discussion of early American race relations and earned Gordon-Reed the Pulitzer Prize in History and the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Gordon-Reed was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2009. “Annette Gordon-Reed has changed how people think about America.” — Larry Bacow, University president Legal scholar and historian puts the push to remove Confederate statues in context Her many other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and into the membership of the American Philosophical Society in 2019.“I’m thrilled at the news of this deep honor, especially to be succeeding my Con Law professor, Larry Tribe,” Gordon-Reed said. “I am so glad to be able to share this joy with my husband, Robert, whom I met at HLS the first week of class at the BLSA picnic when we were 1Ls, and our children Susan ’12 and Gordon, Dartmouth ’15. I only wish my parents were alive to share this. Both supported my every endeavor and would be equally thrilled. My mother’s belief in me was total. The honors I’ve received are her doing.”Originally from East Texas, Gordon-Reed earned an A.B. in history from Dartmouth College in 1981 and went on to receive her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984. After graduating, she briefly became a corporate lawyer and then counsel for the New York City Board of Correction. Soon after, she joined the faculty of New York Law School (NYLS) in 1993.After 17 years at NYLS, during which she became the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law, and serving as the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark, Gordon-Reed became a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in 2009. In 2010, she joined the faculty as the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and as a professor of history in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.A recipient of three honorary degrees, she was previously the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has also been a visiting professor at New York University, and was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Queen’s College.President of the Ames Foundation at Harvard Law School, past president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and trustee emerita of Dartmouth College, Gordon-Reed has performed extraordinary public service for the Harvard community. She has served on the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, the President’s Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, and also the committee to examine whether to retire the Law School’s shield.The University Professorships were established in 1935 to recognize individuals whose work on the frontiers of knowledge crossed the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines.Gordon-Reed will occupy the University Professorship held since 2004 by constitutional scholar Laurence H. Tribe, who retired on June 30. Related Annette Gordon-Reed’s personal history, from East Texas to Monticello ‘You can’t let your emotions overtake you so much that you can’t do the work’ Correcting ‘Hamilton’ Acclaimed musical doesn’t know its history, notes Gordon-Reed The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
Cara O’Connor-Combee was the next contestant on “The Price Is Right.” The Saint Mary’s sophomore participated in the game show and won a kayak in an episode that aired on Sept. 21. “I won a kayak,” she said. “I don’t know, I just think it’s more of a joke now just because it was probably the most embarrassing experience of my life because I had no idea what I was bidding for so I would bid ridiculous amounts on random things.” O’Connor-Combee said it was difficult to hear as a member of contestant’s row, so she often had no idea what she bidding on. “You could barely tell what you were bidding when you were bidding because everything going on, there’s cameras all around you and people are screaming the whole time,” she said. She said she was the first contestant to be called from the stands and was the last contestant to play a pricing game. During the pricing game, O’Connor-Combee failed to win a Mazda 3. “You get seven dollars and you have to guess a number one by one of the price of the car and for however many you’re off you have to pay a dollar,” she said. “So say you guess a five, but it’s really eight, then you have to pay three dollars, and by the end, you need a dollar to buy the car.” O’Connor-Combee said she was disappointed she didn’t win the car. “I lost the car, and I was depressed afterwards for not winning the car, but it’s almost an impossible game to win unless you know the exact price,” she said. She said each audience member must go through an interviewing process in order to become a potential contestant for the show. During the interview, audience members attempt to gain the producers’ attention in hopes of becoming the next contestant. “Everyone was really excited but I think it was just to try to get on the show,” she said. “And they try to keep you pumped up. It’s just a cheesy show, you know. So how I got on is I had the whole crowd do a wave during my interview.” O’Conner-Combee said she wasn’t as excited as she appeared to be on the show. “I was way too excited for someone to win a kayak,” she said. “Unless you are like an avid kayaker, but [I was excited for] anything. They could have said, ‘oh here’s a new trash can’ and you just like jump for joy, like yes, that’s what I’ve always wanted. That’s the atmosphere. Everyone’s just super cheesy.” While on the show, O’Conner-Combee went with a group she called “The Bucket List Crew.” She said each member of the group wore a shirt with a bucket list on the front. “We all had bucket lists on our shirts and everyone had the first one [on the list as] ‘kiss Drew Carey,’ so I kissed Drew Carey and he was an old wrinkly man,” she said. O’Conner-Combee said she was not impressed with her time on the show. “I honestly like didn’t have best experience on it, I just think it’s really funny that I got on ‘The Price Is Right,’” she said. Though she didn’t have the best time, O’Connor-Combee still saw the positives of going on the show. “I left with more than I had, I guess, and it’s a fun ice-breaker,” she said.
Therese Raquin In this tale of love, lust, betrayal, and guilt, Thérèse has made peace with her loveless marriage to a weak man when her world is turned upside down by Laurent walking through the door. Unable to ignore their passion, the pair sets off on a violent path that may have far worse consequences for the perpetrators than for the victims. View Comments The theater, along with the full cast and design team, will be announced later. As previously reported, Roundabout’s 2015-16 season will also feature Stephen Karam’s The Humans, directed by Joe Mantello; more shows will be anounced soon. Knightley garnered an Olivier nod for her West End debut in The Misanthrope and her other stage credits include The Children’s Hour. She received an Oscar nomination for Pride and Prejudice. Her multiple additional film credits include Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, The Hole, Bend it Like Beckham, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Love Actually, King Arthur, Atonement, Silk, The Duchess, Anna Karenina, Never Let Me Go, Last Night and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. She will soon be seen on the big screen in Laggies and The Imitation Game. Keira Knightley is set to make her Broadway debut as part of Roundabout’s upcoming 50th anniversary season. The Oscar nominee will headline a new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola. Directed by Evan Cabnet, the show will begin previews on October 1, 2015, and officially open on October 29. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016
Sara Bareilles Who doesn’t like pie? Tickets are now available for Sara Bareilles’ Waitress on Broadway. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus and starring Tony winner Jessie Mueller, the tuner will begin performances on March 25, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for April 24.Waitress is based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly and features a book by Jessie Nelson. It follows Jenna (Mueller), a small town waitress stuck in a loveless marriage. As a nearby baking contest approaches, she’s torn between her commitments and—thanks to her pie-making expertise—a chance at freedom.The cast will also include Drew Gehling, Keala Settle, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Christopher Fitzgerald and Kimiko Glenn.Check out Broadway.com’s exclusive interview with the creator and stars at a photo shoot for the new musical’s ad campaign below. Related Shows Waitress Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Star Files Jessie Mueller View Comments