Based on Academy Award and Emmy-winning Barry Levinson's
critically acclaimed and very
popular 1982 retrospective coming of age film of the same title,
a singing and dancing version of Diner, set in 1959
Baltimore, is now under development for Broadway. The is in its second round of preview performances at the
Delaware Theatre Company,
and closed there January 3rd, 2016. However, neither a Broadway opening date nor a theater for the
show have yet been
The story is about six high school pals who reunite just before the
wedding of one of them at the one place they know they'll always
belong: the local diner.
Now in their twenties, the friends have stumbled into adulthood
and struggle to keep from growing apart.
While faithful to this group of guys that the movie focuses on, the
stage version, however, expands the roles of the women, as they begin to want more than a tidy life behind
an apron, setting the stage for the beginnings of the wave of
feminism that would soon arrive on the American scene, and the young men are confused about what that means.
The show features a rocking score of 17 original songs written by
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter,
Sheryl Crow, with a sound that is nevertheless, stylistically
reminiscent of our music
(like the immensely successful retrospective 1972 Broadway musical, Grease).
is directed and choreographed by Tony-winner, Kathleen
Click in the
panel below to view a musical video trailer made for the
world-premiere previews held a year ago at the
Signature Theatre near Washington DC:
reviews of those world-premiere performances included:
... It would be a fine thing if 'Diner' found its footing, lived
longer and prospered."
"It's a modest, unassuming, slyly affecting
work with a book by Levinson based on his screenplay, music and
lyrics by Sheryl Crow. Even people who don't know the film, or
don't hold it in high regard, should find themselves easily
drawn in and continually engaged. ... the world premiere
production certainly gives the piece a stylish and vibrant
the whole, the transformation from screen to stage has been
handled in a telling fashion, preserving the essence of the
original and adding effective spice. It adds up to a substantial
new musical that has been given a thoroughly satisfying
production. It's cool to hang out in this 'Diner.'"
”Crow has not just settled for a nostalgia
fest ... Her melodic lines and chord progressions have a
freshness and sophistication that stands out all the more given
the generic stuff found in many a musical nowadays, and her
lyrics largely avoid the commonplace.”
DC Metro Theater Arts:
"For those wanting a musical to recall the heavenly days of
doo-wop harmony groups choreographed girl groups, and the wonder
years of early rock-and-roll, ... there is much delight. ... The
music gives the audience plenty to smile about; or maybe dream
about their own life lived."
“As in the film, ‘Diner’ the musical remains a nostalgic look at
a colorful era compressed into a few eventful days at the close
of 1959. It faithfully reprises the enduring characters…Crow has
written a delightful assortment of doo-wop, R&B and early
rock-and-roll melodies that might have comprised a ’50s hit
parade themselves if the songwriter had come along sooner. They
are filled with delicious harmonies and enhanced by insightful
lyrics that aggressively advance the plot. ... Catering
to audiences who like to wax nostalgic with shows like ‘Million
Dollar Quartet,’ this ‘Diner’offers real possibilities as a bona
fide commercial contender.”
Washington Life Magazine "Crow ... has created a
score that successfully respects and recreates the sounds of
that “rock and doo-wop” era."
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