Casting Announced For Diner at Delaware Theatre Company
We’re heading to the regional circuit as a potentially Broadway bound show lines up the details for another run beginning soon! While any common theater lover will know the name La Jolla Playhouse or Paper Mill when it comes to naming a regional theater, this one might not be the first or second to mind. However, with it producing its second Broadway bound musical in less than a year, time to take note theater fans. Let’s head on down to the first state and introduce you to Delaware Theatre Company. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of the casting announced for Diner at Delaware Theatre Company!
Diner, the Sheryl Crow musical, heads into another regional playhouse for the second time following its world premiere at Signature Theatre over a year ago. During that world premiere, critics praised the new musical with positive reviews and the entire run sold out to audiences. A photo from that run is pictured right. According to the production, work has been done on the musical since that first premiere. This time, the show comes to life onstage at Delaware Theatre Company where previews begin December 2nd, 2015 with an official opening December 12th. The show is scheduled to run through December 27th, 2015.
Derek Klena and Matthew James Thomas lead the cast as they return to recreate their original roles from the Signature production, this time in Delaware. Leading cast members include Klena (Pictured Left) as Boogie, Thomas as Fenwick as well as Noah Weisberg as Shrevie, Ari Brand as Eddie, Aaron Finley as Billy and Ethan Slater as Modell. The ensemble includes 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.
Returning as director and choreographer is three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Pictured Right). Seth Farber provides musical director with Lon Hoyt as musical supervisor. Rommy Sandhu is assistant director. The creative team for the Delaware run of Diner includes many designers adapting previous work designed for the show. The original creative team includes Derek McLane as scenic designer, Paul Tazewell as costume designer, Peter Kaczorowski as lighting designer and Chuck LaPointe as wig designer. Designers working to adapt original designers include James Kronzer for scenic designer, Amanda Seymour for costume designer, Gina Scherr for lighting design and Leah Loukas for wig design. Leon Rothenberg serves as sound designer for the production with Avista Custom Theatrical providing props. Jessica Simkins is stage manager.
Diner is a brand new musical featuring a score by nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow and a book by Academy Award winner Berry Levinson. Levinson was the original movie’s screenwriter and director. The musical takes place in Baltimore in 1959 as childhood friends gather and unfortunately confront the realities of their adulthood. However, they do so in the place they not only call a second home but know will always welcome them with open arms; the all-night diner.
Diner marks the second Broadway-bound interested show Delaware Theatre Company has produced within less than a year. Last season, the theatre produced the world premiere of Because Of Winn-Dixie featuring music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, best known for penning Spring Awakening with a book by Nell Benjamin, known for Legally Blonde and the upcoming Mean Girls. While Delaware Theatre Company has always produced solid work, the recent flurry of Broadway-bound productions places the theatre on the map more than ever before. Located not far from Philadelphia (And New York at that!), the theatre could be a great testing ground, as a smaller venue, for musicals interested in eventually heading to New York City. Ironically, I can’t help but question if Diner heads to Broadway sooner rather than later and Waitress is still running. That would make two diners on Broadway. Can you imagine?! Who has the better food? I can get great pie here but this diner is open all-night! Kidding, kinda. Perhaps together, the two productions could team up and get back the Cafe Edison, a beloved theatre district cafe diner that shuttered last year.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on Diner during its second regional mounting at Delaware Theatre Company! We are looking forward to not only seeing how this show does during its second out-of-town run, but even beyond that! Stay tuned for more! For more information, visit Delaware Theatre Company’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!