Sheryl Crow with the director Barry Levinson
By Lloyd Webber
The Sheryl Crow-Barry Levinson musical Diner is heading to Delaware! After making its world premiere at Virginia’s Signature Theatre over the 2014-15 holiday season, the production will play December 2 through December 27 at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Delaware. The tuner was initially Broadway-bound; this second engagement suggests Diner is once again aimed at the Great White Way.
Based on Levinson’s 1982 film, with direction and choreography by Kathleen Marshall, a book by Levinson and music and lyrics by Crow, Diner tells the story of burgeoning adulthood and friendship. Christmas, Baltimore: 1959. A circle of childhood friends reunite for the upcoming wedding of one of them. Well, only if his fiancée passes a football trivia test. From the comfort of their all-night diner, the men, now in their early-twenties, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money and the ever-mysterious opposite sex. But no matter where life takes them, they know they’re welcome back at the diner, the one place they’ll always belong.
No word yet on casting, but the Signature incarnation starred Matthew James Thomas as Fenwick, Derek Klena as Boogie, Whitney Bashor as Barbara, Bryan Fenkart as Modell, Aaron Finley as Billy, Adam Kantor as Eddie, Tess Soltau as Elyse, John Schiappa as Older Boogie, Josh Grisetti as Shrevie and Erika Henningsen as Beth. The production featured set design by Derek McLane with scenery adapted by James Kronzer, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Lane Elms and music direction by Lon Hoyt.
Other productions in Delaware Theatre Company’s 2015-16 season include Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, David Robson’s Playing the Assassin, David Rush’s Nureyev’s Eyes and Nell Benjamin’s The Explorers Club.