Broadway’s newest musical, "Waitress," is already poised for success.

It’s an adaption of the beloved 2007 indie film starring curly-haired genius Keri Russell. In the film, Russell plays Jenna, a small-town — you guessed it — waitress who’s unhappy with her marriage and her lackluster life in general.

She does have one creative outlet, though: pie-making. (For example, “I-hate-my-husband pie.” Mmmm, resentment.)


Tony-winner Jessie Mueller, left, will star in the Broadway version of the film. Here, she hangs out with the composer of the show, Sara Bareilles. Image via video interview with cast and crew by Broadway.com/YouTube.

The Broadway show is also busting barriers: It boasts an all-female core creative team for the first time.

“Whaaaaat?” You may be thinking. Yes, it’s true: Having four women lead a Broadway musical in roles of writer, scorer, choreographer, and director hasn't happened before. I know, I know. But the day has finally come, and our feminist goals are being met left and right. Hillary! Beyoncé! Those funny tampon ads!

GIF from "The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards."

Traditionally, a musical’s core creative team consists of four key roles.

Those roles are writer, director, choreographer, and composer. And in "Waitress," these roles have all been filled by women. Who are these crazy-talented people? Count ‘em up, chief.

First up is Lorin Latarro, a powerhouse choreographer with past credits like "American Idiot" on Broadway and the delightful "This American Life" musical with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Hey, Lorin! Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images.

Then there’s Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus, bringing her skills to the staging of the musical.

Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Time.

Jessie Nelson took on writing the whip-smart, darkly funny musical. And as for the composer role, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles crafted a collection of new songs just for the production.

“I’m thrilled that 'Waitress' is breaking boundaries as the first Broadway musical with book, score, choreography and direction by a team of women,” Paulus said in a recent press release.

“It’s a historic and long overdue moment for Broadway, and I’m honored to be working alongside such passionate and inspiring women.”

Here’s to more women behind the scenes. More women in the scenes. More women everywhere!

The call for more substantial female roles on stage and on screen has been well documented, as it should be. But the fight for power behind the scenes gets less attention. That’s why it's exciting to see a squad like this one coming together to call the shots for a big-deal Broadway musical. It’s certainly cause for a dance party.

The pie-tastic production opens in April 2016. Anybody hungry?

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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