Princess Theatre, (2/04/1982 - 6/18/1983)

Opening Date: Feb 04, 1982
Closing Date: Jun 18, 1983
Total Performances: 573

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Orator Theatre Productions, Inc. (Steven K. Goldberg: House & General Manager)

Produced by Dodger Productions, Louis Busch Hager, Marilyn Strauss, Kate Studley, Warner Theatre Productions, Inc. and Max Weitzenhoffer

Book by Pump Boys and Dinettes; Music by Pump Boys and Dinettes; Lyrics by Pump Boys and Dinettes

Conceived by Pump Boys and Dinettes

Scenic Design by Doug Johnson and Christopher Nowak; Costume Design by Patricia McGourty; Lighting Design by Fred Buchholz; Sound Design by Bill Dreisbach

General Manager: Dodger Productions

Stage Manager: Mo Donley; Assistant Stage Mgr: Lucia Schliessmann

Production Coordinator: Sherman Warner; General Press Representative: Hunt / Pucci Associates; Advertising: Interart; Photographer: Susan Cook

Special thanks ("for fixing the occasional flat") to Word Baker

Opening Night Cast

John FoleyJackson
Mark HardwickL. M.
Debra MonkPrudie Cupp
Cass MorganRhetta Cupp
John SchimmelEddie
Jim WannJim

Understudies: Rhonda Coullet (Prudie Cupp, Rhetta Cupp) and Malcolm Ruhl (Eddie, Jackson, Jim, L. M.)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1982 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Dodger Productions, Louis Busch Hager, Marilyn Strauss, Kate Studley, Warner Theatre Productions, Inc. and Max Weitzenhoffer

Drama Desk Award

 1982 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Dodger Productions, Louis Busch Hager, Marilyn Strauss, Kate Studley, Warner Theatre Productions, Inc. and Max Weitzenhoffer

 1982 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Mark Hardwick

 1982 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Pump Boys and Dinettes

 1982 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by Pump Boys and Dinettes

Songs

music by Jim Wann; lyrics by Jim Wann
(Unless otherwise noted)


ACT 1 Sung By
Highway 57Company
Taking It Slow
(music by John Foley, Mark Hardwick and John Schimmel; lyrics by John Foley, Mark Hardwick and John Schimmel )
Pump Boys
Serve YourselfL. M.
Menu Song
(music by Cass Morgan and Debra Monk; lyrics by Cass Morgan and Debra Monk )
Dinettes
The Best ManPrudie Cupp
Fisherman's PrayerPump Boys
Caution: Men Cooking
(music by Cass Morgan, Debra Monk and John Foley; lyrics by Cass Morgan, Debra Monk and John Foley )
Pump Boys
MamawJim
Be Good or Be GoneRhetta Cupp
Drinkin' Shoes
(music by Cass Morgan, Debra Monk and Mark Hardwick; lyrics by Cass Morgan, Debra Monk and Mark Hardwick )
Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Pump BoysPump Boys
MonaJackson
T.N.D.P.W.A.M.L. M.
Tips
(music by Cass Morgan and Debra Monk; lyrics by Cass Morgan and Debra Monk )
Dinettes
Sister
(music by Cass Morgan; lyrics by Cass Morgan )
Dinettes
VacationCompany
No Holds Barred
(music by Cass Morgan; lyrics by Cass Morgan )
Company
Farmer TanL. M. and Dinettes
Highway 57 (Reprise) Company
Closing TimeCompany

Reviews


New York Daily News: "'Pump Boys' a gasser"

"Pump Boys and Dinettes" originally opened at the Off-Broadway Westide Arts Theatre, moved to the Colonnades Theater Lab, and then opened at the Princess Theatre February 4, 1982.

The major part of talent is really loving what you do. If you can convince an audience that that's where you're at, you're in.

By this standard, "Pump Boys and Dinettes," a Country-Western farrago at the Colonnades Theater Lab, is quite in. Despite moments of almost sloppy sentimentality and cutesy patter, six full-of-beans performers deliver a vivid account in song of their lives in a small town on Highway 57. John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Deborah Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann, who wrote most of the songs, have no trouble at all persuading us that they are just the good ol' boys and girls they purport to be.

The scene is the Double Cupp Diner, run by the sassy Cupp sisters, where the pump boys, who run the garage across the road, hang out. Since the lads spend all of their time singing with the girls, no gas is pumped or repairs made. Bad for the cars, good for us. There is no "book" to this musical but a sort of narrative of a type of life is woven slickly through the brief introductions to the songs and the lyrics themselves.

What makes the lives credible is the variety of experience considered by the lyrics: love, of course, but fishing, too, and drinking beer at the shopping mall, fixing Uncle Bob's Winnebago then sneaking it off for a vacation, an almost-affair with Dolly Parton and a sister's plea for understanding. These are brought off with buoyant, earthy humor and, in the case of "Sister," with genuine pathos as sung by Monk and Morgan. Morgan is a particularly vibrant number and Mark Hardwick as the goofy-faced El "M" who is besieged by horny women is a gas both as character and pianist.

But all of them are good, damned good. "Dinettes" lasts just short of an hour and half. Just right.


New York Daily News
10/17/1981

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Princess Theatre

(2/4/1982 - 6/18/1983)
Stage Manager: Frank Hartenstein(Mar 28, 1983 - ?).

Press Representative: Betty Lee Hunt, Maria Cristina Pucci, James Sapp.

Cast

Ronee Blakely
Rhetta Cupp
Tom Chapin
Jim
Rhonda Coullet
Prudie Cupp
John Foley
Jim
Margaret Lamée
Rhetta Cupp
John Lenehan
L. M.
Malcolm Ruhl
Jackson
Jimmy Ryan
Jackson
Bruce Samuels
Eddie
Loudon Wainwright, III
Jim


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