Photo Flash: First Look- Matthew James Thomas, Derek Klena, and More Lead DINER at Delaware Theatre Company

Delaware Theatre Company serves up a musical adaptation of a classic film with the upcoming production of DINER, written by Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson with music and lyrics by nine-time Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall, DINER earns a four week run at Delaware Theatre Company from December 2 and has already been extended through January 3, 2016. December 12, marked the official opening night. Check out photos from the production below!

Set in Baltimore during 1959, DINER follows a circle of childhood friends who confront the realities of adulthood in the one place they know they will always be welcome: the all-night diner.

The cast includes: Ari Brand as Eddie (Off-Broadway's My Name is Asher Lev), Aaron Finley as Billy (Broadway's It Shoulda Been You and Rock of Ages), Joshua Franklin (Doo-Wop Guy/Howard/As-Cast), Derek Klena as Boogie (Broadway's Wicked and The Bridges of Madison County), Ethan Slater as Modell (NYMF Award for Outstanding Performance in Claudio Quest), Matthew James Thomas as Fenwick (Pippin in the Tony Award-winning 2013 revival), and Noah Weisberg as Shrevie (Broadway's South Pacific and Legally Blonde).

The cast is rounded out by Jacqueline Beatrice Arnold, John E. Brady, Matt Dengler, Nate Golden, Erika Henningsen, Anne Horak, John Leone, Brynn O'Malley, Stephanie Martignetti, Jenna Pastuszek, Jonathan Shew,Tess Soltau, and Curtis Wiley.

With a focus on developing this musical for a Broadway stage, Delaware Theatre Company is working closely with Barry Levinson, Sheryl Crow, and Kathleen Marshall to make DINER gleam. Bud Martin adds, "The stakes are very high for us, and we are determined to give the cast and creative team a production they can be proud of."

Performances are held at DTC's intimate, 315-seat theatre, located at 200 Water Street in Wilmington, DE, just feet from the beautiful Riverfront. DINER runs December 2-27 at Delaware Theatre Company. Tickets are on sale now starting at $35 and can be purchased online at DelawareTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (302) 594-1100.

Photo Credit: Matt Urban, Mobius New Media

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