July 6, 2009 --
Pump Boys and Dinettes ran for six years in Chicago during the 80s; now the high-octane musical revue is back at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. Combining Rock 'n' Roll, Country and Blue Grass, Pump Boys and Dinettes was created and written by John Foley, Mark Hadwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann, who also starred in the original Off-Broadway production. The show went on to Broadway where it received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical of 1982 and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Musical for 1981-82.Pump Boys and Dinettes is a toe-tapping, totally entertaining musical tribute to life along the open road. The pump boys, played by Shaun Whitley, Jesse Kazemek, Alan Bukowiecki, and Brian Burke, sell high octane fuel on North Carolina's Highway 57. The sassy dinettes, played by Tammy Mader and Liza Jaine, run the ever popular Double Cupp diner next door. Between changing tires and baking pies, the gang performs a rousing, down-home mix of country western, rock 'n' roll and blue grass in this charming tale of friendship, romance and life's simple pleasures.
Director Shawn Stengel has been a part of over 1,100 productions of Pump Boys and Dinettes around the country in his 23 year history with the production. He has assembled a top notch production team for the Drury Lane revival including Musical Director Malcolm Ruhl, Choreographer, Tammy Mader, Scenic/Lighting Director, Christopher Ash, Costume Designer, Kristin Ligeski, and Sound Designer, Dan Mead.
Pump Boys and Dinettes runs through August 2 at Drury Lane Oakbrook. For tickets and show times, call the reservations line at (630) 530-0111 or call TicketMaster at 312.559.1212. You may also visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.