‘Waitress’ Opens at Benedum; Backstage Bar Hosts Bassist Tony DePaolis (Tues., 3/6/18)

The ingredients are odd but "Waitress" aces the taste test for audiences nationwide.

The ingredients are unusual but ‘Waitress’ aces the taste test for audiences nationwide. Photo: Joan Marcus

1) Why is the musical Waitress so popular? An easy answer would be that lots of people have been wait staff, and they can relate, except Waitress isn’t really about the waiting profession. It deals with pies and pregnancy and strange relationships … aha, bingo! We’ve all had at least two of those three. The songs in Waitress include “Bad Idea,” “Club Knocked Up,” and “I Love You Like a Table.” Please excuse the absence of a plot summary, as it is difficult to explain how Revolutionary War re-enactors fit in. The touring production of Waitress visits Benedum Center as part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series and reservations are advised. Music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, a six-time Grammy nominee in pop music; book by Jessie Nelson, adapted from the 2007 indie film by Adrienne Shelly. 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through March 11. 237 7th St., Cultural District. (MV)

2) Pittsburgh Cultural Trust continues its Tuesday jazz series with bassist Tony DePaolis. He hails from a musical family and is an in demand bass guitar player. In 2009  DePaolis released his own CD The Contemporary Dynamic with many top notch Pittsburgh jazz artists as supporting musicians. Backstage Bar at Theater Square. 5 p.m. 655 Penn Ave.