Diner: The Musical

Diner: The Musical (Handout photo / January 7, 2013)

The musical version of Barry Levinson's "Diner," the much-admired 1982 movie about longtime buddies in Baltimore, is going to take longer to reach Broadway. The previously scheduled April 10 opening has been postponed until the fall, the New York Times reports.

Seems that "Diner," a collaboration between Levinson and Sheryl Crow, who has written the songs for the show, needs more time to be developed and, especially, to raise money for its $9.5 million budget.

The musical percolated in workshop form in New York last fall, a process adversely affected by ...

Hurricane Sandy, according to producer Scott Zeiger. When the process resumed after the storm, there was not a sufficient surge in investors.

In a statement released Monday, Zeiger said:

"We presented a four week fully-staged workshop of 'Diner' in New York last November at which we received positive feedback from investors and theater owners. We are excited about our progress and it has become very clear the direction in which we need to continue to take this new American musical. Early fall dates work better for all involved and an announcement of Broadway theater and dates will be forthcoming."

The show was originally scheduled for a pre-Broadway run in San Francisco starting last in October, but that tryout was scrapped in favor of the New York workshop, which was intended to allow a smooth transition into a spring opening.