By Adam Hetrick
Derek Klena and Matthew James Thomas, who starred in the Signature Theatre world premiere of the Sheryl Crow musical Diner, will return for the latest incarnation of the show that will begin performances Dec. 2 at the Delaware Theatre Company.
Diner will again be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, who also helmed the Signature premiere. An official opening night has been set for Dec. 12 in Wilmington, DE. Performances are scheduled through Dec. 27.
The stage production is based on the 1989 film. The Signature premiere was greeted with positive reviews from critics and sold out its entire run. Additional work has been done on the musical over the past year.
"Working together with our director, Kathleen Marshall, we have really been working hard on expanding Diner to allow it to sing while remaining true to this story of these young men and women coming of age in Baltimore," Crow said in a statement.
Diner has a book by the movie’s Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Barry Levinson and an original score by nine-time Grammy Award winner Crow.
In addition to Klena (Wicked, Dogfight) as Boogie and Thomas (Pippin) as Fenwick, the cast will include Noah Weisberg (South Pacific) as Shrevie, Ari Brand (My Name Is Asher Lev) as Eddie, Aaron Finley (It Shoulda Been You) as Billy and Ethan Slater (Claudio Quest) as Modell.
Completing the cast are Jacqueline Beatrice Arnold, John E. Brady, Matt Dengler, Nate Golden, Erika Henningsen, Anne Horak, John Leone, Brynn O'Malley, Stephanie Martignetti, Jenna Pastuszek, Jonathan Shew, Tess Soltau and Curtis Wiley.
Here's how it's billed: "Set in Baltimore during 1959, Diner follows a circle of childhood friends who confront the realities of adulthood in the one place they know they will always be welcome: the all-night diner."
The production has music supervision by Lon Hoyt, music direction by Seth Farber and orchestrations by Mitchell Froom.
The production team includes Rommy Sandhu (assistant director), Jessica Simkins (stage manager), Derek McLane (original scenic designer), James Kronzer (scenic design adaptation), Paul Tazewell (original costume designer), Amanda Seymour (costume design adaptation), Peter Kaczorowski (original lighting designer), Gina Scherr (lighting design adaptation), Leon Rothenberg (sound designer), Danny Erdberg (assistant sound designer), Chuck LaPointe (original wig design), Leah Loukas (wig design adaptation) and Avista Custom Theatricals (props).
DTC recently staged the Broadway-aimed musical Because of Winn-Dixie, featuring music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and a book by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde, Mean Girls).
For tickets, visit DelawareTheatre.org or call (302) 594-1100.