A New Jersey person might see that headline and assume a new eating establishment had postponed their opening in the area. But for those who are theater fans, the headline has a different meaning. This “Diner” is a new musical show that was set to open on Broadway this coming April 10, 2013. With music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow, a book by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson, and direction and choreography by 3 time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, it was a show that many people were looking forward to seeing open this spring. Unfortunately yesterday, BASE Entertainment announced that “Diner” postponed its Broadway opening and is now targeting the fall of 2013 instead.
According to producer Scott Zeiger, a four week fully-staged workshop of “Diner” was presented in New York last November where it received positive feedback from investors and theater owners. Zeiger also feels the progress and direction of the show need to continue and that an early fall date would work more favorably. The workshops were probably a very good step forward for this show as they cancelled on an out of town run that was supposed to have happened in San Francisco back on Oct. 23 – Nov. 18, 2012.
The show is based on the 1982 movie “Diner.” According to information obtained from the Playbill Vault the synopsis is as follows: “In Baltimore, 1959, six friends gather every night at the one place they know they will always belong: The Diner. As they mature through their twenties, the friends have stumbled into adulthood and struggle to keep from growing apart. Life, love, responsibility – it's all on the table.”
No further information is available at this time about the next steps the show will take.