Barry Levinson is bringing Diner, his 1982 movie about a group of Baltimore best friends finding their way in the adult world of 1959, to Broadway as a musical next fall, with tunes and lyrics by Sheryl Crow. Diner, which will initially play a limited out of town engagement next summer, will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). “Diner was a pivotal moment in my career, and since then I have continued to live with the characters, realizing there is much more to their story,” said Levinson, in a statement. “I’m excited to be embarking on this stage version, which affords me the opportunity as a storyteller to expand on my original vision and let the characters express their innermost feeling and thoughts through song.”
“I was already a huge fan of Diner when Barry first approached me about writing a score for a theatrical re-telling of his film. I knew exactly who these men and women were and I feverishly began writing,” said Crow. “Writing the score for Diner has been the most challenging and fulfilling experience of my career. I have always been a devotee and student of musical theater, and I am very excited to be making this journey with Barry and Kathleen.”
The original movie starred Tim Daly, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, Steve Guttenberg, Paul Reiser, and Daniel Stern. Casting for the musical has not yet been announced.