Base Entertainment has just announced that DINER, a new musical based on the critically acclaimed 1982 film with a book by Academy Award winner and original DINER screenwriter Barry Levinson and music & lyrics by 9-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at San Francisco's SHN Curran Theatre (445 Geary Street). Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, DINER will play a strictly limited four week engagement from Tuesday, October 23, 2012, through Sunday, November 18, 2012, with an opening night of Friday, November 2, 2012. Due to these confirmed San Francisco dates DINER will now bow on Broadway in the spring of 2013, instead of the fall of 2012 as previously announced. Design team and casting will be announced at a later date.
DINER is set in Baltimore, 1959, when six high school friends reunite at the one place they know they'll always belong: the Diner. Now in their twenties, the friends have stumbled into adulthood and struggle to keep from growing apart. Life, love, responsibility – it's all on the table. DINER celebrates good times, great music and best friends.
"This is a fabulous collaboration...working with Sheryl and Kathleen," said Barry Levinson. "It's time to enter the next stage of the DINER journey...30 years later."
"Our team is now ready to meet our next collaborator," said Sheryl Crow, "the theatergoers at the Curran Theatre."
"It is an honor and a privilege, not to mention a ton of fun, to work with artists as amazing as Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow," said Kathleen Marshall, "I am so thrilled to be part of bringing the musical of DINER to the stage, and we can't wait to go to San Francisco!"
"Watching this team has been extraordinary," said Scott Zeiger, "They continuously push and challenge each other to new artistic heights. We knew that we needed to premier this new musical in a city with a savvy theater-going audience, so we are thrilled to launch DINER with SHN in San Francisco."
Kathleen Marshall is currently represented on Broadway by the smash hit ANYTHING GOES and the upcoming premiere of the new Gershwin musical NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. DINER marks the Broadway debut of both Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow. Sheryl Crow has sold more than 35 million records worldwide including the singles "Soak Up the Sun," "First Cut is the Deepest," "If It Makes You Happy," "Every Day Is A Winding Road," "All I Wanna Do," "Strong Enough," "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Steve McQueen". Barry Levinson's illustrious career includes the films Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, Bugsy, Tin Men, The Natural, Young Sherlock Holmes, Toys, Disclosure, Sleepers, Wag the Dog and Avalon.
DINER was Barry Levinson's screen directing debut, and he received an Academy Award nomination for his original screenplay. The bittersweet comedy starred Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg, Paul Reiser, Mickey Rourke and Daniel Stern.
Barry Levinson (Book) is an Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter, producer and actor who has crafted an enviable reputation in the film industry as a filmmaker who blends literate and intelligent visions into filmS. Levinson was awarded the 1988 Best Director Oscar for the multiple Academy Award winning Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. In 1987, Levinson directed Robin Williams in the comedy Good Morning Vietnam, which went on to become one of the year's most acclaimed and popular movies. 1991 saw the release of Bugsy, which was directed and produced by Levinson, and was nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Levinson has used his hometown as the setting for four widely praised features that include his directorial debut Diner, as well as Tin Men, Avalon and Liberty Heights. His career began as a writer on television for shows including "The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine," "The Tim Conway Show," and "The Carol Burnett Show" for which he won two Emmy Awards. As a screenwriter, Levinson has received three Academy Award nominations, for ...And Justice for All, Diner, and Avalon. Levinson's additional directorial credits include The Natural, Young Sherlock Holmes, Toys, Jimmy Hollywood, Disclosure, Sleepers, Sphere, Wag the Dog, An Everlasting Piece, Bandits and You don't know Jack. Barry later returned to Baltimore to film the television series "Homicide: Life on the Street." His work on this critically acclaimed drama earned him an Emmy for Best Individual Director of a Drama SerieS. Levinson produces films through his Production Company Baltimore Pictures, Inc. Such critically acclaimed releases include Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco, Analyze This, and The Second Civil War (HBO). In 2003, he published his first novel, "Sixty-Six."