Broadway's Pump Boys and Dinettes, Starring Bo Bice, Postponed Indefinitely
The revival was set to begin previews March 19 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
The forthcoming Broadway revival of the 1981 musical Pump Boys and Dinettes has been postponed indefinitely. The production, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd), was to have begun previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 19, with an opening set for April 8.
"With the crowded landscape on Broadway this spring, we all agreed that the wise choice was to proceed with a new opening date," producer Abby Lee said in a statement. "We are in the process of determining the updated production schedule and look forward to sharing this wonderful musical with Broadway audiences in the near future."
The cast of the country-fried musical included American Idol finalist Bo Bice, Alexander Gemignani (Sunday in the Park with George), Erik Hayden (Million Dollar Quartet), Jane Pfitsch (Company), and Leenya Rideout (War Horse), as well as Justin Hosek (member of the country band The Ranchhands).
Originally produced Off-Broadway, the show takes place somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina, where there stands nothing but a rest stop with a gas station and a roadside eatery. It was originally conceived and performed by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Tony Award winner Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann. That same cast later transferred to Broadway in 1982, where the show had a 573-performance run at the Princess Theatre.