Signature Theatre, the ever-adventurous, Tony-winning company with a long track record of launching shows, will celebrate its 25th anniversary season with no less than three world premieres of musicals, including "Diner."
Barry Levinson's stage adaptation of his acclaimed film about a group of friends in late-1950s Baltimore was once bound for Broadway, but ran into some difficulties. A West Coast tryout slated for 2012 was scrapped; plans for a New York opening were scrapped twice in 2013. "Diner," with a score by Sheryl Crow, will be served up in Northern Virginia instead, Dec. 9 to Jan. 25.
In a statement released by Signature, Crow said that the show's creative team has "really been working hard on expanding 'Diner' to allow it to sing while remaining true to this story of these young men and women coming of age in Baltimore. And to think we are going to premiere it so close to Baltimore, where the story took place, at Signature Theatre, which has birthed so many new musicals, well, I couldn't be happier."
The other premiere musicals next season: "Kid Victory" with music by Broadway legend John Kander and book and lyrics by Greg Pierce (Feb. 17 to March 22, 2015); and Nick Blaemire's "Soon" (March 10 to April 26, 2015).
A signature feature of Signature is the revival of classic musicals, such as the terrific "Gypsy" earlier this season. The silver anniversary season will feature revivals of Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" (Aug. 5-Sept. 21), and Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" (May 12–June 28, 2015).
The 2014-2015 lineup also offers the Washington-area premiere of Laura Eason's play "Sex with Strangers" (Oct. 14-Dec. 7); a new production of the musical version of "Elmer Gantry" (Oct. 7–Nov. 9); and the premiere of "Simply Sondheim" (April 2–19, 2015), a revue celebrating Signature's longtime association with the famed composer.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun