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March 21, 2012

'Diner' pre-Broadway tryout won't be in the city that inspired it

Well, it was fun to daydream about. The musical version of Barry Levinson's "Diner" will not have its pre-Broadway run in dear old Baltimore, birthplace of Levinson and the actual diner, as some of us had been hoping.

Instead, the musical, with a book by Levinson and music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow will open a four-week engagement Oct. 23 at San Francisco’s SHN Curran Theatre, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshal (director of the current "Anything Goes" revival in New York).

A Broadway opening is anticipated in spring 2013.

Let's just hope we get the post-Broadway tour before Washington does.

Posted by Tim Smith at 9:32 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Drama Queens


Next thing you'll know, the Hollywood crowd will create a musical based on the life of Johnny Unitas, with Justin Bieber in the lead role - and Miley Cyrus playing Artie Donovan.

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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