‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ Announces Casting

Pump Boys and Dinettes will begin previews on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 with the opening night scheduled for Monday, April 8th at Circle in the Square Theatre. This new production of the Tony-nominated hit musical will include direction and musical staging by Tony Award winner John Doyle and will star Bo Bice, Alexander Gemignani, Erik Hayden, Justin Hosek, Jane Pfitsch and Leenya Rideout, 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.

The full cast & design team will be announced soon.

Pump Boys and Dinettes Story

Conceived and written by the original company, 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.

Production Information

Set design for Pump Boys and Dinettes is by Tony Award-winner David Gallo (Memphis, Radio Golf), costume design is by Tony Award-winner Ann Hould-Ward (A Catered Affair, Beauty and the Beast), lighting design is by Mike Baldassari (Cabaret, As Long as We Both Shall Laugh) and sound design is by Dan Moses Schreier (Cyrano de Bergerac, A Little Night Music). Mary-Mitchell Campbell also serves as musical supervisor.

Cast Bios

Bo Bice – is an “American Idol” finalist and recording artist who has released his third album, 3. Bice worked the Southern club circuit for years in a number of bands, including Blue Suede Nickel, Purge and Sugar Money. Although the groups made some in-roads, Bice’s initial claim to fame came in 2005, when the unknown singer auditioned for “American Idol,” wowed the judges with his rendition of “Whipping Post” and reached the show’s final round. Bice topped the charts with “Inside Your Heaven,” a single from his 2005 debut The Real Thing, and went on to tour and record with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, as well as appearing at Bonnaroo. He also recorded the studio album See the Light.

Alexander Gemignani – Broadway: Les Misérables (Valjean, Drama League nomination), Sweeney Todd (Beadle, Drama Desk nomination), Assassins (Hinckley, Theatre World Award), The People In The Picture (Moishe), Sunday in the Park With George (Boatman/Dennis). Off-Broadway: Road Show at the Public (Addison Mizner, Drama League nomination), Headstrong at EST (Nick) and Avenue Q at the Vineyard Theatre (Brian). Favorite Regional: The Three Sisters (Andrei) at Cincinnati Playhouse, The Boys From Syracuse (Sergeant) at The Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. and the title character in the world premiere musical Saint-Ex at The Weston Playhouse.

Erik Hayden- Most recently New York Theatre audiences have seen Erik as Carl Perkins in the Broadway cast of Million Dollar Quartet, and as Jake in the York Theatre’s revival of I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it On The Road. Other credits include hundreds of performances as Buddy Holly in Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story and the first national tours of Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Justin Hosek – The byproduct of a theatre director and a musician, Justin grew up immersed in the arts in the “Land of Oz”. In 2002 Justin left his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas and his KU Jayhawks to study jazz bass performance at The New School in New York City. Shortly thereafter he began a touring career in Europe with The Ranchhands followed by a nationwide arena tour with Hillary Duff and then later Kelly Clarkson. Justin’s fun-loving, high-spirited personality quickly endears him to audiences and his fellow artists alike. His love for musical theatre has been expressed performing in numerous shows including Songs for a New World, Godspell, and Williamsburg! the Musical.

Jane Phitsch- Broadway: Company (2007 Revival), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Roundabout). Off-Broadway and regional credits include Educating Rita at the Huntington Theater Company (IRNE Nomination), Merrily We Roll Along with Becky Ann Baker, Malcolm Gets and Daniel Jenkins (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Ten Cents a Dance with Malcolm Gets and Donna McKechnie (Williamstown Theatre Festival and McCarter Theater Center), The 39 Steps (New World Stages), Man of La Mancha and The Liar (The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Pumpgirl (MTC), Barefoot in the Park (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (The Alley Theatre), Alive and Well (world premiere at Virginia Stage Company).

Leenya Rideout- Broadway: War Horse; Cyrano de Bergerac (w/ Kevin Kline); Company (Jenny); and Cabaret. Off-Broadway: Yiddle with a Fiddle, American Jewish Theatre; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Melting Pot Theatre Company; and Cowgirls, Minetta Lane Theatre. Regional: Holidays with the Chalks, Alliance Theater; Merrily We roll Along (Gussie), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), ACCC; Cardenio, ART; Summer of 42, Mill Mountain Theater; The Canterbury Tales, Guthrie Theater; Guys and Dolls (Sarah), North Carolina Theatre; Avenue X, Cincinnati Playhouse; and Honky Tonk Highway, Florida Studio Theatre. International Tour: My Fair Lady (Eliza). Film: Mona Lisa Smile; Loser; and Bittersweet. Television/Radio: Company (PBS); Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS); My Favorite Broadway (PBS); Nashville Star (USA Network), Jerry Lewis Telethon, and Selected Shorts (NPR). Concert: Wall to Wall Broadway (Symphony Space); Nothing Like a Dame 2007; and Bringing Broadway Back Home (Fort Collins Symphony).

Pump Boys and Dinettes Performance Schedule

Pump Boys and Dinettes will be playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre (215 West 49th Street) on Broadway. Performance schedule, ticket information and on-sale date to be announced soon.

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