Country-fried musical revue 'Pump Boys and Dinettes' at Manatee Players in Bradenton

wtatangelo@bradenton.comOctober 25, 2012 

The country-fried musical revue "Pump Boys and Dinettes" has been delighting audiences since its Tony-nominated run on Broadway in the early 1980s.

Coincidentally, The Manatee Players' production starts today, shortly following the announcement that "Pump Boys" will be returning to Broadway next spring.

Set on Highway 57 in North Carolina, the show, which doesn't bother with an actual story, is an ensemble piece with four "pump boys," or gas station attendants, who pump high-octane next to the Double Cupp diner that is run by sisters Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, playing the "dinettes" or waitresses.

Conceived and written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan John Schimmel and Jim Wann, "Pump Boys" includes the songs "Be Good or Be Gone," "Tips," and "The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine."

The Manatee Players' production features an ensemble cast that includes Rodd Dyer, Adam Baker, William Hellem-Brusso, Nick Spagnuolo, Tara Callandra and Dawn Dougherty.

The show is being directed by Preston Boyd with Dyer doubling as musical director.

In addition to the Oct. 25-Nov. 11 engagement (see details below), The Manatee Players will be offering a free performance at the Bradenton Riverwalk's Mosaic Amphitheater, 452 Third Avenue W., Bradenton, on Saturday.

Manatee Players Summer Youth Theater Training Program performs musical theater favorites including highlights from "Pippin" (12-12:30 p.m.) and then the Manatee Players perform live musical selections from "Pump Boys and the Dinettes" (1-1:30 p.m.).

Details: Oct. 25-Nov. 11; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Tickets: $26 (adults), $15 (teachers) and $13 (students). Information: 941-748-5875 or

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