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Winner and loser of the week: Sara Bareilles to star in 'Waitress' on Broadway; Piers Morgan attempts to troll J.K. Rowling





Sara Bareilles. The singer-songwriter can now add Broadway star to her resume. Bareilles is set to star in Waitress, the same show she composed and wrote the lyrics for. Bareilles' soulful voice will replace Jessie Mueller, who took on the role of Jenna Hunterson when the show opened last spring. Waitress, which earned a Tony nomination last year for Bareilles' score, is adapted from Adrienne Shelly's 2007 film of the same name about a gifted pie maker/waitress in a loveless marriage. Considering she wrote the lyrics, has performed some of the songs while touring and just so happened to release What's Inside: Songs From Waitress, a preview of the show's music, we're anticipating a pretty flawless transition. "It's something I've been quietly mulling over since the show began," Bareilles told The New York Times. "So I'm making the big jump, and it feels like a completion of sorts, a coming full circle with this project. When I started working on it, I didn't know how fully it would engulf me and my creative sensibilities. I'm obviously having a hard time saying goodbye." Bareilles' debut will be March 31 and she will fill the role through June 11.  "Sugar, Butter, BROADWAY! I am thrilled to be joining the cast of @WaitressMusical on March 31 for 10 weeks only," she tweeted. Now, if we could only score tickets.

The world of Broadway couldn't handle the news. Here are some of the best reaction tweets to Bareilles' casting:


Piers Morgan. And the twitter feud between Morgan and J.K. Rowling continues. While we won't recount every salty exchange between the two, this week's Twitter spat was exceptionally embarrassing for Morgan. Rowling tweeted out a glowing article about herself, which named her No. 97 out of the "100 British celebrities who really matter." The article praised her accomplishments and called her an inspiration to the world. The article placed her at No. 97 on the celeb list because "she would hate to be called a celebrity, and guards her private life intensely, so she doesn't play any part of the celebrity game." Rowling tweeted out a screenshot of the article, writing "Just been sent this! Could the writer let me know who he is? I'd love to thank him! #Valentines."

Piers Morgan jumped at the tweet, calling it a priceless humble brag. "Nobody plays the celebrity game more abusively or ruthlessly than you, Ms ‘Intensely Private Billionaire,'" he tweeted.

One problem. Morgan was actually the author of the article. Whoops. Was it a trap set by Rowling? Maybe. And honestly, Rowling is savage enough on the internet to do it. Morgan backtracked and claimed he knew he had written it all along. Sure. You really thought you could troll J.K. Rowling and get away with it? Not a chance.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:45pm]


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