Sheryl Crow, best known for soaking up the sun and marrying Lance Armstrong, is taking her song writing talents to a new arena–Broadway. Crow is scoring her first musical, a theatrical adaption of the 1982 film Diner. It’s set to premiere in the fall of 2012.
The film’s screenwriter, Barry Levinson, will pen the book. The film tells the story of a group of high school friends reunited for one of their weddings. In typical 80s movie fashion, it is about the men coming into adulthood and taking responsibility for themselves and their lives.
Usually, the thought of a country star attempting to do Broadway would make me want to gag, (think of someone attempting to make a Taylor Swift musical), and I’m oftentimes not in favor of turning movies in to musicals (not another “Legally Blonde.” There should be no Broadway songs called “Oh My God You Guys”), so I’m a little skeptical of this.
It’s great that they’re bringing Levinson on to pen the book, so hopefully the original message and feel that made the movie so popular will be retained. Nothing’s worse than seeing your favorite book, movie, or even musical for that matter, being turned into another art form and watching as everything that you loved about it disappear.
Although Crow has no experience in composing a Broadway score, hopefully veteran director/multiple-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, who will be directing the show, can steer the musical in the right direction.
Like a lot of people, I’m a fan of Crow’s music and the movie is also very well liked and respected, so I’m curious to see what kind of reception this show will bring. What are your thoughts?