Sheryl Crow Musical Diner Makes World Premiere Tonight; Kathleen Marshall Directs

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The Signature Theatre's world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of the film of the same name, begins performances at the Virginia venue Dec. 9 prior to an official opening Dec. 27.

Derek Klena
Derek Klena

Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, performances will continue through Jan. 25, 2015.

The cast features Whitney Bashor, Bryan Fenkart, Aaron C. Finley, Josh Grisetti, Erika Henningsen, Derek Klena, Adam Kantor, Tess Soltau, Matthew James Thomas and John Schiappa with Nova Y. Payton, John Leslie Wolfe, MaryLee Adams, Mitch Marois, Maria Egler, Colleen Hayes, David Rowen, Ben Lurye, Lou Steele and Russell Sunday.

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 Sheryl Crow.

Diner marks the first world premiere musical of three in our 25th anniversary season,” said artistic director Eric Schaeffer in an earlier statement. “I'm excited to have Sheryl, Barry and Kathleen at Signature to premiere this exciting new show.”

"I'm so thrilled that we are bringing Diner to the award-winning Signature Theatre,” added director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall. “Barry Levinson's book expands and deepens his beloved story and his iconic characters, and we have an amazing cast to introduce Sheryl Crow's sensational score. I can't wait to get started!" “To see these characters from the original film take on a new life has been a surreal endeavor,” stated original screenwriter and director Barry Levinson. “Kathleen, Sheryl and I are thrilled with the cast we have assembled to launch this show on the DC stage.”

“I love Barry Levinson’s film, 'Diner,'” said composer and lyricist Sheryl Crow, “so, when Barry called and asked if I’d like to join him to create a new musical version of the story, I jumped at the chance. Working together has been a total joy. In my hometown of Kennett, Missouri, we didn’t have musicals coming through our town, but we saw all the movie musicals. I didn’t know they all came from Broadway! My favorites were West Side Story, Oklahoma and My Fair Lady. I still can’t believe I will have the opportunity to work on a brand new musical with Barry. 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. And to think we are going to premiere it so close to Baltimore, where the story took place, at Signature Theatre, which has birthed so many new musicals, well, I couldn’t be happier.”

"Set in Baltimore during Christmas of 1959," according to press notes, "a circle of childhood friends reunite for the upcoming wedding of one of them. 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."

The production also has music direction by Lon Hoyt, orchestrations by Grammy nominee Mitchell Froom, scenic design by Tony winner Derek McLane, scenery adapted by James Kronzer, costume design by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Tony winner Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Lane Elms, production stage management by Kerry Epstein, assistant stage management by Allie Roy and New York casting by Justin Huff, CSA (Telsey + Company).

Tickets start at $40. Single tickets are available in person at the Signature Box Office at 4200 Campbell Avenue in Shirlington, by calling Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT and online at signature-theatre.org.

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