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Pump Boys and Dinettes - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Pump Boys and Dinettes

John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, Jim Wann

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573681769

Book, Lyrics, and Music by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann

"Both musically and theatrically, a triumph of ensemble playing. It doesn't merely celebrate the value of friendship and life's simple pleasures, it embodies them." - The New York Times
"Totally terrific...It is such fun." - The New York Times

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Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

105 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - The present. Highway 57 - somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Appropriate for all audiences


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre


From Broadway

NOMINEE! 1982 Tony Award for Best Musical
NOMINEE! 1982 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music.
The 'Pump Boys' sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the 'Dinettes', Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils.


"Both musically and theatrically, a triumph of ensemble playing. It doesn't merely celebrate the value of friendship and life's simple pleasures, it embodies them." - The New York Times 

"Totally terrific...It is such fun." - The New York Post

"A gasser, with buoyant, earthy humor." - New York Daily News

"Totally delightful." - Newsweek

"When the inevitable "closing time' comes along, you'll wish you could stay a while longer." - Christian Science Monitor

Pump Boys and Dinettes first appeared at the Colonnades Theatre in New York City on October 1, 1981.



4m, 2f


Ensemble cast


No Chorus

JACKSON - lead guitarist
L.M. - Piano/Accordian
PRUDIE CUPP - Percussion
RHETTA CUPP - Percussion
EDDIE - Bass
JIM - Rhythm Guitar
Rental Materials




Pop/Rock, Country/Western

12 Full Scores (cued for 2 Acoustic Guitars, Electric Bass, Piano, Sticks and Tambourine and vocal)
Song Samples

Highway 57

Taking It Slow

Serve Yourself

Menu Song

The Best Man

Fisherman's Prayer



Be Good or Be Gone

Drinkin' Shoes

Pump Boys


The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine




No Holds Barred

Farmer Tan

Closing Time

  • Pump Boys and Dinettes

  • Highlights from New York City Center's Pump Boys and Dinettes

  • Hihlights from Paper Mill Playhouse's Pump Boys and Dinettes


John Foley

John Foley is a teacher (Northwestern University and NSCDS) and performer/musician in Evanston, IL. view full profile

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Mark Hardwick

Mark Hardwick composed the music for the 1975 Broadway production of Of Mice and Men and co-wrote the musical Oil City Symphony. view full profile

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Debra Monk

Debra Monk, a Broadway and film actress, won the Tony for Redwood Curtain, an Emmy for NYPD Blue, and also co-wrote Oil City Symphony. view full profile

Cass Morgan

Cass Morgan’s numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows include The Bridges of Madison County, Memphis, Mary Poppins, Violet, and Floyd Collins. Her one-woman show, The Road To Where, premiered at Geva Theatre this year. view full profile

John Schimmel

John Schimmel is in the middle of his third career. His New York life in music and theater ended after the glory of Pump Boys and Dinettes. He went on to a twenty-year career as a Hollywood studio executive and producer, working for the likes of Warner Bros. and Michael Douglas. Currently he is head of linear content and performance capture producer for Cloud Imperium Games, writer/production ... view full profile

Jim Wann

Jim Wann, lead songwriter for Pump Boys, is a composer-lyricist-performer whose off-Broadway collaborations include Diamond Studs, King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running, and The People Vs. Mona. Music, events, and more at jimwann.com. view full profile

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