Rocker Sheryl Crow has written the songs for a new musical based on “Diner,” the 30-year-old film by writer and director Barry Levinson that helped launch the careers of Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon and Ellen Barkin. Producers plan to open the show on Broadway in late 2012.
The musical, like the film, will be set in Baltimore in 1959. It focuses on high-school friends reuniting as one prepares to wed, a press release from the producers said. Casting wasn’t announced, nor was a theater.
“'Diner' was a pivotal moment in my career, and since then I have continued to live with the characters, realizing there is much more to their story,” Levinson, 69, said in a statement.
It will mark the Broadway debut for him and for Crow, 49. Levinson is writing the book. The producers hope to follow the success of “Hairspray,” another Baltimore-based film from that era, which went on to become a Broadway blockbuster and a second successful movie.
The lead producer is Base Entertainment, whose credits include “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me” on Broadway and “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular,” a version of “The Phantom of the Opera.”