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Instead of Broadway, as originally envisioned, Signature Theatre in Northern Virginia is premiering "Diner," adapted by Barry Levinson from his Academy Award-nominated screenplay and featuring music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow,
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Another classic American film set in Baltimore will be turned into a Broadway musical. Barry Levinson has adapted "Diner," his well-regarded 1982 movie, for the stage. With music and lyrics by rock singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, the new show is scheduled to open in New York next fall.