The Broadway opening of a new musical version of the beloved coming-of-age film "Diner" has been delayed by a number of months.
Originally slated to premiere on April 10, the show's opening is now be targeted for the fall of 2013, the show's producer BASE Entertainment said Monday.
The show features music & lyrics by rock star Sheryl Crow, and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall ("Nice Work If You Can Get It").
Producer Scott Zeiger did not give a specific reason for the shift. However, in a statement he said that the team had a good idea of where the production needed to go following workshop versions, but said early fall dates will "work better for all involved." He said an announcement about what theater the show will play in and when it will debut will be forthcoming.
"We presented a four week fully-staged workshop of 'Diner' in New York last November at which we received positive feedback from investors and theater owners," Zeiger said. "We are excited about our progress and it has become very clear the direction in which we need to continue to take this new American musical."
This is not the first time "Diner's" road to Broadway has hit some bumps. "Diner" had been scheduled to play a pre-Broadway engagement at San Francisco's Curran Theatre, beginning in October. However, the producers canceled that run last summer in order to put on a four-week staged workshop in New York.
At the time, the producers said they were trying to re-imagine the show as a scaled-down production, reasoning that it would be harder to book a larger theater than a smaller 1,100-seat space.
The 1982 Barry Levinson film centered on a group of high school friends making the often painful transition into adulthood and reconnecting around the table of their favorite diner. It was set in the 1950s and featured a generous sampling of music from the early days of rock 'n' roll.
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