With a heaping serving of down-home fun and spirit-lifting musical comedy, Pump Boys & Dinettes is set to shake things up on Broadway for Spring 2013. Set in the middle of nowhere, a group of friends at a gas station and a diner entertain themselves and audiences for this rollicking Broadway revival.
Pump Boys & Dinettes will play at the unique Broadway house, the Circle in the Square Theatre, located at 235 West 50th Street. Preview performances begin on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, with the official Opening night set for Monday, April 8, 2013.
This new production of the Tony-nominated hit musical will include direction and musical staging by John Doyle, who won the 2005 Tony for Best Director for his work on the pared down revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. This revival of Pump Boys & Dinettes features new Arrangements & Orchestrations of its pop-musical score by Mary-Mitchell Campbell.
On stage, the show is led by "American Idol" fourth season rock singer and hair-band icon Bo Bice along with Alexander Gemignani, who has been seen on Broadway in The People in the Picture and Sunday in the Park with George. Joining them on stage are Erik Hayden of Million Dollar Quartet and I’m Getting My Act Together.... Justin Hosek, a member of the country band The Ranchhands, is making his Broadway debut with this production. Jane Pfitsch appeared in Company and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Leenya Rideout was seen in War Horse and Company. Following in the footsteps of the Sweeney Todd revival and the 2012 Best Musical Tony winner Once the Musical, the cast plays the score on stage, accompanying themselves and each other on guitar, piano, bass, fiddle, accordion, harmonica, and even common kitchen utensils.Pump Boys & Dinettes was conceived and originally written by the original company that performed it, including John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Tony Award-winner Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann. This new production of Pump Boys & Dinettes honors John Doyle’s tribute to life along the open road and a diner on Highway 57. Set somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina, four blue-collar workers run a rest stop and gas station. "Jim," "Jackson," "Eddie," and "L.M." occasionally do auto repairs, especially when music and beer are in ample supply. Not far away, the Double Cupp Diner offers lunch and tunes by the Cupp sisters, "Prudie" and "Rhetta."
This pop concert-musical, Pump Boys & Dinettes, premiered at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre on July 10, 1981. The production garnered praise and loyal fans, in large part because of its rousing songs like "Be Good or Be Gone," "Pump Boys," and "Vacation." The show's success lead to an Off-Broadway production, which earned the show a Broadway transfer, opening at the Princess Theatre on February 4, 1982. That production of Pump Boys & Dinettes went on to play 573 performances, earning nominations for both the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
The performance schedule during preview performances will be Monday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Once the show has officially opened, the performing schedule will be Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday matinee at 2:00 p.m. and evening performance at 8:00 p.m., Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. and evening at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m.
Pump Boys & Dinettes is produced on Broadway by Abby Lee, David B. Brode, Lee Seymour, Alec Seymour, Suzanne & Michael H. Moskow, and Executive Producer Tom Viertel.
For more information on casting, show schedule, and tickets, visit the show's website.