Pump Boys and Dinettes

Critics

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100 %

Reviews: 9

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 0

Thu Aug 22, 12:00am

Out there on Highway 57 in North Carolina, somewhere between Frog Leap and Smyrna, sits a gas station across from the Double Cupp Diner. The Pump Boys and Dinettes know what you want and they've got what you need: gasoline and comfort food. Fill your tank and fill your belly: The Energy Duet. They've also got a whole bunch of toe-tappin', hummable country/pop tunes guaranteed to show you a good time.

Reviews

Frances Baum Nicholson
"Some are better singers than actors, and some better actor/performers than singers. Still, the energy and general charm carries this piece through, and one is surprised that the show has ended, when it does. ...if you are looking for a place to rest your brain and have an evening of tuneful fun, “Pump Boys and Dinettes” offers just that – yet another sign of the reputation SMP is building for itself."

sweet - Frances Baum Nicholson, Daily News - ...read full review


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"The pleasing, diverse, and often infectious songs play like a trip to Mayberry. Under Sean Paxton's extraordinary music direction, the show features excellent harmonies and fine acoustic sounds. Aside from having eye-candy crooners in the cast, Cori Cable Kidder, Emily Kay Townsend, Mr. Paxton (piano), Michael Butler Murray (guitar), Jimmy Villaflor (guitar), Kevin Tiernan (bass), and Jim Miller (drums) nail every slice of humor, tenderness, and bounce (among the up-beat songs was the swinging “Drinkin' Shoes,” a country-rock song that includes a breakout tap routine from Ms. Kidder)."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Collectively, they have a good command of the style and personality necessary to make the music come alive and sound best when they don't oversing. Murray's "Mamaw" and Kidder and Townsend's "Sister" are two examples of letting the melody and lyrics do the work for you. In fact, the whole show works best when it doesn't try too hard."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


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"Each member of the Pump Boys is an expertly skilled musician, and they cheekily declare themselves masters of “pump rock.” Set designer Jeff G. Rack beautifully accommodates space for both the garage and diner, including a large, vinyl booth where the Cup sisters serve select audience members pie and coffee."

sweet - Julia Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"Story line? Never mind. What little there is comes through the lyrics themselves. There's a certain amount of guy-gal interplay, some action around the dinette counter, and some capers among the instrumentalists. Mostly the evening is just one good song after another. “No Holds Barred”—“The Night Dolly Parton was Almost Mine.” You're not familiar with these songs? It doesn't matter—you'll enjoy them anyway because the cast is so obviously having fun singing and playing together."

sweet - Fran Syverson - Pasadena Independent - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"...I haven't begun to touch upon to abundance of great singing by every single member of the cast – except the drummer who just keeps on drumming. Now if you just do not like country style music then this may not be your show. Otherwise it is as close to a must see as any performance can ever be."

sweet - Ron Irwin - L.A. Splash - ...read full review


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"For those that enjoy a musical for its high sprits and good time feelings, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTE will fit the bill. It's the first time that this musical has been performed in the Los Angeles area in over ten years; A period that has been long overdue!"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Offline - ...read full review


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"What a fun show this is!!! There's no pain, no thinking, no sadness. Just music, music, and more music."

sweet - Karen Salkin - It's Not About Me - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Just what the doctor ordered for the summertime blues, Pump Boys And Dinettes is guaranteed to put a mile-wide smile on your face and a heaping helping of songs in your heart."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Frances Baum Nicholson
"Some are better singers than actors, and some better actor/performers than singers. Still, the energy and general charm carries this piece through, and one is surprised that the show has ended, when it does. ...if you are looking for a place to rest your brain and have an evening of tuneful fun, “Pump Boys and Dinettes” offers just that – yet another sign of the reputation SMP is building for itself."

sweet - Frances Baum Nicholson, Daily News - ...read full review


Avatar
"The pleasing, diverse, and often infectious songs play like a trip to Mayberry. Under Sean Paxton's extraordinary music direction, the show features excellent harmonies and fine acoustic sounds. Aside from having eye-candy crooners in the cast, Cori Cable Kidder, Emily Kay Townsend, Mr. Paxton (piano), Michael Butler Murray (guitar), Jimmy Villaflor (guitar), Kevin Tiernan (bass), and Jim Miller (drums) nail every slice of humor, tenderness, and bounce (among the up-beat songs was the swinging “Drinkin' Shoes,” a country-rock song that includes a breakout tap routine from Ms. Kidder)."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Collectively, they have a good command of the style and personality necessary to make the music come alive and sound best when they don't oversing. Murray's "Mamaw" and Kidder and Townsend's "Sister" are two examples of letting the melody and lyrics do the work for you. In fact, the whole show works best when it doesn't try too hard."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


Avatar
"Each member of the Pump Boys is an expertly skilled musician, and they cheekily declare themselves masters of “pump rock.” Set designer Jeff G. Rack beautifully accommodates space for both the garage and diner, including a large, vinyl booth where the Cup sisters serve select audience members pie and coffee."

sweet - Julia Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar
"Story line? Never mind. What little there is comes through the lyrics themselves. There's a certain amount of guy-gal interplay, some action around the dinette counter, and some capers among the instrumentalists. Mostly the evening is just one good song after another. “No Holds Barred”—“The Night Dolly Parton was Almost Mine.” You're not familiar with these songs? It doesn't matter—you'll enjoy them anyway because the cast is so obviously having fun singing and playing together."

sweet - Fran Syverson - Pasadena Independent - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"...I haven't begun to touch upon to abundance of great singing by every single member of the cast – except the drummer who just keeps on drumming. Now if you just do not like country style music then this may not be your show. Otherwise it is as close to a must see as any performance can ever be."

sweet - Ron Irwin - L.A. Splash - ...read full review


Avatar
"For those that enjoy a musical for its high sprits and good time feelings, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTE will fit the bill. It's the first time that this musical has been performed in the Los Angeles area in over ten years; A period that has been long overdue!"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Offline - ...read full review


Avatar
"What a fun show this is!!! There's no pain, no thinking, no sadness. Just music, music, and more music."

sweet - Karen Salkin - It's Not About Me - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Just what the doctor ordered for the summertime blues, Pump Boys And Dinettes is guaranteed to put a mile-wide smile on your face and a heaping helping of songs in your heart."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review