Kathleen Marshall-Helmed DINER Heading to Broadway in Spring 2013!
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."
Sheryl Crow (Music & Lyrics) has garnered nine Grammys, performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums which sold more than 35 million records worldwide, is a cancer survivor, and saw the launch of her very own clothing line Bootheel Trading Co. Crow's career began as a jingle and back-up singer, and she burst on to the music scene in 1993 with her debut album, the seven times platinum Tuesday Night Music Club, which earned three Grammys (Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance). The album featured "All I Wanna Do," "Strong Enough," "Can't Cry Anymore," and "Leaving Las Vegas." 1996's triple platinum Sheryl Crow earned Grammys for Best Rock Album and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and 1998's platinum The Globe Sessions also garnered the Best Rock Album Grammy. In 2002 Crow again nabbed the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Grammy for "Steve McQueen" from her platinum album C'mon C'mon. 2003 saw the release of Crow's greatest hits compilation, the four times platinum The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, followed by 2005's platinum Wildflower. 2008 saw the release of Detours, and in 2010 she released her seventh studio album, 100 Miles From Memphis. Crow is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including The NRDC, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The World Food Program. 2011 saw the opening of the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center in the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles.
Kathleen Marshall (Director & Choreographer) just won her third Tony Award for choreographing the Roundabout Theatre's Anything Goes, which she also directed. Other Broadway credits include The Pajama Game for which she won her second choreography Tony Award, Wonderful Town for which she won her first Tony Award, Grease, Boeing-Boeing, Little Shop of Horrors, Follies, Seussical, Kiss Me, Kate, 1776 and Swinging on a Star. Her Off-Broadway credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona (New York Shakespeare Festival), Saturday Night (Second Stage), Violet (Playwrights Horizons), and As Thousands Cheer (Drama Dept). For City Center Encores! she directed and choreographed Bells Are Ringing, Applause, Carnival, Hair and Babes in Arms, among others, and she served as Artistic Director for four seasons. Her television credits include ABC/Disney's "Once Upon a Mattress" and Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" (Emmy nomination). She has received three Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Astaire Award, the George Abbott Award, the Richard Rodgers Award and the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for the Arts. Ms. Marshall is the Vice President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Base Entertainment (Producer) BASE develops, produces and manages intellectual properties generated for live entertainment stages in North America, Asia and Brazil. BASE's current production activity includes the following productions in Las Vegas: Peepshow at Planet Hollywood, Phantom at The Venetian, Jersey Boys at The Paris, Absinthe at Caesars Palace and Defending the Caveman at Harrah's. In addition, BASE operates the Showroom and The Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. BASE programs both the Grand Theater, currently presenting Wicked, and Sands Theater at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. In Brazil, BASE, with Geo Eventos, will open Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Sao Paulo in March 2012. BASE/Geo operates The Ohtake Theater in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the beginning of spring 2012 BASE will launch a new exhibition Spy: The Secret World of Espionage with artifacts on loan from the Central Intelligence Agency. Previous production activity includes: The Lion King at the new Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Wayne Brady: Making It Up and Stomp Out Loud in Las Vegas, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me on Broadway, and Cirque du Soleil's holiday show Wintuk in New York City. Base Entertainment's headquarters are in New York, and its founders include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger.