What they're saying about 'Diner: the Musical'

Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Bacon and Timothy Daly star in "Diner." The classic film is now being made into a musical.
Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Bacon and Timothy Daly star in "Diner." The classic film is now being made into a musical.(Archive photo)

As word began spreading Tuesday that the beloved movie "Diner" was being rejiggered as a Broadway show — with Sheryl Crow music, no less — the mood of the people could best be summed up with a universal head scratch.

Even in a world littered with remakes, sequels and prequels, no one saw this one coming.

As the chatter got going Tuesday afternoon, on blogs and in the social media circus, the first reaction was one of clear puzzlement.

The Moviefone blog filed the breaking news tidbit under "Today in Huh?" Why? "Because the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Barry Levinson's coming-of-age period piece 'Diner' is Sheryl Crow."

That's why.

A writer for The Playlist blog couldn't understand how the bluesy rocker Crow fit into the movie's classic 1950s vibe. Like at all.

"Now as anyone who has seen the film knows, music is hugely integral with the outstanding soundtrack boasting a plethora of oldies by artists like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bobby Darin, The Dell-Vikings, Carl Perkins, Memphis Slim, Fats Domino and more," the blogger wrote. "So the news that Sheryl Crow has been hired to write music for the Broadway iteration has us scratching our heads."

The New York Times Arts Beat blog was kinder, drawing upon the movie's running joke about a would-be bride having to pass a Colts football knowledge test. The blog asked: "Will this be the first Broadway musical where you'll have to pass a football trivia contest before they let you take your seats?"

But the most popular riff had to be the wink at one of the movie's most memorable scenes — the one involving a surprise in a box of popcorn. Bloggers and Tweeters could hardly resist.

"Will it include the popcorn scene?" Scott Rosenblum wanted to know on Twitter. "Bring our popcorn," the Times' Dave Itzkoff deadpanned.

Others had tongue in cheek recommendations for the big numbers. Tweeter Kat Meyer suggested a song that might make Ellen Barkin's character cringe called: "You never ask what's on the flip side."

Joshua Malina, borrowing from Paul Reiser's character's line, suggested a rousing score called: "You Gonna Finish That?"

But Peter Lattman might have been speaking for all true "Diner" fans and Barry Levinson's contemporaries when he wrote: "Somewhere, my dad is plotzing."