Casting Announced for New Broadway Production of Pump Boys and Dinettes

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“American Idol” star, Bo Bice, will join Alexander Germignani, Erik Hayden, Justin Hosek, Jane Pfitsch, Leenya Rideout in Pump Boys and Dinettes.

Pump Boys and Dinettes will begin previews at Circle in the Square Theatre on Tuesday, March 19, 2013with the opening night scheduled for Monday, April 8th. This revival of the Tony-nominated musical will include direction and musical staging by Tony Award winner John Doyle.

The show will star Bo Bice (“American Idol” fourth season icon), Alexander Gemignani (The People in the Picture, Sunday in the Park with George), Erik Hayden (Million Dollar Quartet, I’m Getting My Act Together…), Justin Hosek (Broadway debut, member of the country band The Ranchhands),  Jane Pfitsch (Company, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and Leenya Rideout (Warhorse, Company), all of whom will also provide the show’s musical accompaniment on instruments including guitar, piano, bass, fiddle, accordion, harmonica…and yes, even kitchen utensils (à la Once.)

Conceived and written by the original company, John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Tony Award-winner Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann, this new production of Pump Boys and Dinettes, John Doyle’s visionary tribute to life by the roadside, 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.