Encores! Goes Off-Center with Country-Fried Musical Pump Boys and Dinettes, Starting Tonight

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
16 Jul 2014

Katie Thompson and Mamie Parris
Katie Thompson and Mamie Parris
Photo by Joan Marcus

Pump Boys and Dinettes, the final production of the 2014 Encores! Off-Center series, plays New York City Center July 16-19.

The limited engagement is directed by Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Danny Mefford. Jeanine Tesori is the Encores! Off-Center artistic director; Chris Fenwick is the music director.

The cast comprises Jordan Dean, Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Randy Redd, Katie Thompson and Lorenzo Wolff.

Pump Boys and Dinettes was conceived, written and originally performed by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. The show, according to City Center, is a "musical tribute to life on the roadside, with the actors accompanying themselves on guitar, piano, bass, fiddle, accordion, and kitchen utensils. A hybrid of country, rock and pop music, Pump Boys is the story of four gas station attendants and two waitresses at a small-town dinette in North Carolina."

The musical premiered Off-Broadway at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre in July 1981 and opened on Broadway Feb. 4, 1982, at the Princess Theatre, where it played 573 performances and was nominated for both Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical.

All tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues), by calling (212) 581-1212 or visiting NYCityCenter.org.