01/07/2013 07:51 am ET Updated Mar 09, 2013

For Some Shows, Path To Broadway Is Pockmarked

The Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson and the Grammy-winning musician Sheryl Crow may be superstars, but their reputations don't necessarily guarantee safe passage through the financial minefields of Broadway theater.

Producers' attempt to take "Diner" from the screen to the Broadway stage has been delayed.

Their new collaboration, a musical based on Mr. Levinson's 1982 movie "Diner," was supposed to open on Broadway on April 10 but is being delayed until the fall because the producers need more time to recruit investors and sharpen Mr. Levinson's script for the $9.5 million show. One of the lead producers, Scott Zeiger, said in an interview that the show's developmental workshop in October -- intended to lay the groundwork for Broadway -- was marred by Hurricane Sandy, and that fewer investors signed on afterward than he had hoped.