Musical aims to open in fall 2012
Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow are developing a stage musical based on “Diner,” the 1982 pic Levinson wrote and directed, due to bow on Broadway in fall 2012.It will be the Main Stem debut of both Levinson, who pens the tuner’s book, and Crow, the Grammy winner who’s released a steady stream of albums since 1993. Kathleen Marshall, helmer of the Roundabout’s current hit revival of “Anything Goes” and of the upcoming Gershwin musical “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” directs and choreographs. It’s produced by BASE Entertainment, led by co-toppers Scott Zeiger and Brian Becker, with permission to adapt the property granted by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures through its licensing operations. “Diner” brings Broadway back to Baltimore, the city where 2002 hit “Hairspray” takes place. The 1959-set tale focuses on high school friends who reunite for a wedding and find themselves gathering at the neighborhood diner that used to be their hangout. The film, which was nommed for a writing Oscar, starred Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke and Paul Reiser. In 1983 a pilot was made for a TV skein based on the film, but the series wasn’t picked up. Producers of “Diner” intend to bow the tuner out of town next summer, with exact details still to be hammered out.