Abby Lee, David B. Brode and Executive Producer Tom Viertel have announced the return of the hit 1982 Tony nominated Best Musical Pump Boys and Dinettes. Conceived and written by the original company, John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Tony Award winner Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann, Pump Boys and Dinettes will be presented on Broadway in a new production with direction and musical staging by Tony Award winner John Doyle.
“The folks in Pump Boys and Dinettes are facing tough economic times and hurting financially but are hopeful for a brighter future. Sound familiar? They find balance and great joy in the music in their lives and they take us along for the ride,” said producer Abby Lee. “We are thrilled to bring this musical back for today’s audience in a fully interactive and immersive experience with on-stage seating and a bar to boot. Come and let the good American folk on Highway 57 melt your troubles away with a generous serving of great music and foot-stomping fun.”
Pump Boys and Dinettes takes place on Highway 57. Somewhere in America’s heartland, between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina, stands a rest stop, for those who need a good rest. The four hard-working fellas at the gas station, Jim, Jackson, Eddie and L.M., have been known to do some auto repairs, but only when aided by ample quantities of time, great tunes and a few beers while they’re at it. Just a few feet away, there’s also a roadside eatery, the Double Cupp Diner, where the Cupp sisters, Prudie and Rhetta, celebrate their famous home cooking and gift for song with the same zeal they bring to their kinship with the boys. With joy, heartbreak and hilarity, these Pump Boys and Dinettes also play a stunning variety of musical instruments including guitar, piano, bass, fiddle, banjo, ukulele, harmonica and, of course, kitchen utensils.
Pump Boys and Dinettes first premiered at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre on July 10, 1981.
Set design for Pump Boys and Dinettes is by Tony Award-winner David Gallo (Memphis, Radio Golf), costume design is by Tony Award-winner Ann Hould-Ward (A Catered Affair, Beauty and the Beast), lighting design is byMike Baldassari (Cabaret, As Long as We Both Shall Laugh) and sound design is by Dan Moses Schreier (Cyrano de Bergerac, A Little Night Music). Mary-Mitchell Campbell also serves as musical supervisor.
Theater, dates and casting to be announced shortly.