Musical gets workshop in New York this fall
Producers of new tuner “Diner” have clarified their plans in advance of the show’s Broadway bow, now skedded for a run that opens April 10.
Instead of the previously announced tryout run in San Francisco, where the show was set to play Oct. 23-Nov. 18, creatives will use those dates for a four-week workshop in Gotham with the aim of reconceiving the staging for a smaller theater than the Curran, the 1,650-seat venue that was to have hosted the tuner.
Producers said the move was prompted by the current logjam in Broadway real estate. With the Main Stem’s larger venues either occupied or already promised to other musicals, an incoming production such as “Diner” will likely find itself in one of the Rialto’s smaller houses that — usually seating between 1,000 and 1,200 — were in the past more often reserved for plays.
According to the producers, if the show had followed the previously announced sked, creatives wouldn’t have had time to rethink a Curran-sized production to fit into a more intimate New York house.
Although producers also set the April 10 opening date for the production’s Broadway run, the exact venue has yet to be locked down. They added that they still hope to get the show to San Francisco prior to the Rialto, playing a tryout stint in a venue that more closely matches the size of its potential Broadway home.
Based on the 1982 film, “Diner” has a book by the film’s screenwriter-helmer, Barry Levinson, and songs by Sheryl Crow in her legit debut. Kathleen Marshall directs and choreographs.