Sara Bareilles shared an emotional message on Instagram after revealing her Broadway musical “Waitress” would be closing ahead of schedule.

The much-loved musical, for which Bareilles wrote the show’s music and lyrics, was scheduled to run until Jan. 9. However, due to several positive COVID-19 cases in the company and crew, the show has been forced to bow out early, with their final performance taking place on Dec. 22.

“Our company will not get to take the stage for one last time knowing they are saying goodbye. That is tough,” Bareilles shared.

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“Other shows are going through this as well, and my heart breaks for this because it’s a ritual that helps us ease the pain of losing something we love,” she continued.

“They offer their selves, their souls, their tears, their time, their joy… and they deserve to let go on purpose. I’m so sorry we are saying goodbye in this way but I am SO proud. Of this company. This crew. This band. This creative team. This community of audience members. I am so grateful,” she added.

“I am honoured to call these wonderful artists my friends, and I’m changed by those who have loved the show for the messy, kind, imperfectly perfect place it was. Everything changes, so here we go,” she concluded. “Take your bows, my loves. Every last one of you. I am cheering and crying in equal measure. The best kind of goodbye. ❤️”

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The Waitress Musical Twitter account also shared the news:

Bareilles shared the tweet, admitting the show’s early closure “is a gut punch of the highest degree.”

 

The show’s final cast was led by Broadway stars Ciara Renée and Joshua Henry.

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