Pump Boys and Dinettes
|Pump Boys and Dinettes|
|Productions||1981 Off Broadway
1984 West End
Pump Boys and Dinettes is a musical written by a performance group of the same name. The performance group, "Pump Boys and Dinettes" consists of John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. Not only did the members of this group write the musical, they starred in the Broadway production and directed it as well.
It started as a two-man act at Cattleman Restaurant in New York City. Mark Hardwick and Jim Wann decided to wear gas-station attendant uniforms while on the job, to break up their usual work routine.
The musical premiered on Broadway on February 4, 1982 at the Princess Theatre and closed on June 18, 1983, after 573 performances. It had premiered at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre in 1981, moving to the Colonnades Theatre (Greenwich Village) in October 1981.
The show played in London's West End at the Piccadilly Theatre from September 20, 1984 to June 8, 1985 and transferred to the Albery Theatre from June 11, 1985 to September 2, 1985. The production starred, amongst others, Paul Jones, Clodagh Rodgers, Joe Brown and Kiki Dee.
The show played for many years in Chicago at the Apollo Theatre on Lincoln Avenue.
The musical tells the story of four men (L.M., Jackson, Jim and Eddie) who work at a gas station and two waitresses (sisters Prudie and Rhetta Cupp) at the "Double Cupp Diner," a dinette, located somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina. The music is mostly from the country rock/pop music genres. They perform on guitars, piano, bass and kitchen utensils.
Lyrics and music by Jim Wann (unless otherwise noted)
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|1982||Tony Award||Best Musical||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Musical||Nominated|
|Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical||Mark Hardwick||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lyrics||John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann||Nominated|
- Listing, West End, 1984-1985 broadwayworld.com, accessed May 19, 2009
- Listing, West End, 1984-1985 This is Theatre, accessed May 19, 2009
- Pump Boys and Dinettes Production notes samuelfrench.com, accessed May 19, 2009
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 244. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.