Set in a gas station and diner, the “Double Cupp Diner,” on Highway 57 somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC, the musical stars four gas station attendants (L.M., Jackson, Jim, and Eddie) and two waitresses (Prudie and Rhetta Cupp) who sing and play all manor of instruments including kitchen utensils. The music is a quirky, highly imaginative blend of country, rock-a-billy, swing, rock and roll and jazz. One selection, “The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine”, reached number 67 on the Hot Country Songs charts.
Pump Boys and Dinettes was created by two friends, Jim Wann and Mark Hardwick who experimented with the concept while playing five nights a week at a New York steakhouse. The idea took off from there and with the help of contributors and fellow performers John Foley, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, and John Schimmel, they made their way from Off-Broadway to the bright lights of Broadway and on to London’s West End.
In this national tour, Pump Boys and Dinettes is directed by Curt Wollan, with choreography by Wendy Short Hays. Featuring wacky musical numbers with genres as varied as swing, rock-a-billy, jazz, and country, Pump Boys and Dinettes is the catchiest musical you’ll see all year.