Photo Flash: Sheryl Crow's DINER Celebrates Opening Night at Signature Theatre

By: Dec. 30, 2014
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Virginia's Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of the landmark film with a book by the movie's Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, The Natural) and an original score by nine-time Grammy Award winnerSheryl Crow. The production began performances at Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre December 9 and will play through January 25 (the entirety of the run is now sold-out). Scroll down for photos from the opening night festivities!

Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award Winner Kathleen Marshall (Broadway's Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), the ensemble piece will feature Whitney Bashor(Barbara; Broadway's Bridges of Madison County and Signature's The Hollow), Bryan Fenkart (Modell; Broadway's Memphis), Aaron Finley (Billy; Broadway's Rock of Ages), Josh Grisetti (Shrevie; Off-Broadway's Enter Laughing), Erika Henningsen (Beth; Show Boat: Live from Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic), Derek Klena (Boogie; Broadway's Wicked, The Bridges of Madison County andSecond Stage's Dogfight), Adam Kantor (Eddie; Broadway's Rent, Next to Normal and Second Stage's The Last Five Years), Tess Soltau (Elyse; Broadway's The Addams Family), Matthew James Thomas(Fenwick; Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Pippin), and John Schiappa (Older Boogie; Broadway's Rocky, The Other Place, Wicked).

The creative team includes Music Direction by Lon Hoyt (Broadway's Hairspray, Lennon); Orchestrations by Grammy Award nominee Mitchell Froom; Scenic Design by Tony Award winnerDerek McLane (Broadway's Breakfast at Tiffany's, Follies); Scenery adapted by James Kronzer(Broadway's Glory Days); Costume Design by Tony Award nominee Paul Tazewell (Broadway's Side Show, In the Heights); Lighting Design by Tony Award winner Peter Kaczorowski (Broadway's Venus in Fur, Anything Goes); Sound Design by Lane Elms (Signature's Elmer Gantry, Sunday in the Park with George); Production Stage ManagerKerry Epstein; Assistant Stage Manager Allie Roy; and New York Casting by Justin Huff, CSA (Telsey + Company).

Set in Baltimore during Christmas of 1959, a circle of childhood friends reunite for the upcoming wedding of one of them. From the comfort of their all-night Diner, the men, now in their early-twenties, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money and the ever-mysterious opposite sex.

Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

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Barry Levinson and Eric Schaeffer

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Eric Schaeffer and Sheryl Crow

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Lon Hoyt (Musical Director) and Sheryl Crow with the band of Diner

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The cast and creative team of Diner

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Kathleen Marshall (Director/Choreographer), Barry Levinson (Book), Sheryl Crow (Music and Lyrics)

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Barry Levinson (Book) and Sheryl Crow (Music and Lyrics).

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Adam Kantor (Eddie), Josh Grisetti (Shrevie), Aaron C. Finley (Billy), Barry Levinson, Sheryl Crow, Matthew James Thomas (Fenwick), Derek Klena (Boogie), and Bryan Fenkart (Modell)

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Whitney Bashor (Barbara), Erika Henningsen (Beth), Barry Levinson, Sheryl Crow, Tess Soltau (Elyse), and Kathleen Marshall

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Maria Egler (Eddie’s Mother), Nova Y. Payton (Stripper), and David Rowen (Doo-Wop Guy)

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Adam Kantor (Eddie) and Tess Soltau (Elyse)

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Erika Henningsen (Beth) and Josh Grisetti (Shrevie)

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Derek Klena (Boogie) and Colleen Hayes (Carol Heathrow)

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Whitney Bashor (Barbara) and Aaron C. Finley (Billy)

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Derek Klena (Boogie), John Schiappa (Older Boogie), and Matthew James Thomas (Fenwick)

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Derek Klena (Boogie) and Matthew James Thomas (Fenwick)



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