The award-winning Porchlight Music Theater returns to live performances and the launch of its 27th season on the main stage with Pump Boys & Dinettes, which runs now through December 12 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St.
Check out the photos from the opening night below!
Created by John Foley +, Mark Hardwick +, Tony Debra Monk * winner, Cass Morgan *, John Schimmel + and Jim Wann +, directed by Daryl Brooks +, music conducted by Robert Reddrick + and choreographed by Rueben D. Echoles +, Pump’s performance program Boys & Dinettes is Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with weekday mornings on Thursday December 2 at 1:30 p.m. – The 2022 season is available on PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theater box office, 773.777.9884.
One of the longest-running shows in Chicago theater history, Pump Boys & Dinettes is a musical theater phenomenon filled with music on guitar, piano, bass, and one or two cookware! This North Carolina dinette is your home away from the freeway and located directly across from the gas station. Led by beloved sisters Prudie and Rhetta Cupp who are always ready with a cup of Joe, a slice of pie, a house song and a “Welcome back!” The New York Times said, “He doesn’t just celebrate the value of friendship and the simple pleasures in life, he embodies them. “
“Growing up in Waynesboro, Virginia (a small town off of Highway 81), I identify with Pump Boys & Dinettes in a whole different way. The connection between community and values really touches me. Today times have changed and people have changed, but not the sense of community, ”said Brooks +, director of Pump Boys & Dinettes.“ When Porchlight asked me to lead Pump Boys, I realized that it was time to show the diversity not only of people, but also of music! At every turn, this spectacle will be a slice of comfort and excitement, just like a piece of my grandmother’s lemon meringue pie! “
The cast of Pump Boys & Dinettes from the Porchlight Music Theater includes: Rafe Bradford + (Eddie – Bass); Shantel Cribbs * (Prudie Cupp); Ian Custer + (Jim – Rhythm guitar & U / S LM); Frederick Harris = (LM – Piano); Melanie Loren * (Rhetta Cupp) and Billy Rude + (Jackson – Lead Guitar) with Caitlin Dobbins * (Stand by Rhetta and Prudie Cupp); JJ Smith + (next to Jim and Jackson); Kelang Smith + (next to Jim and Eddie)
The Pump Boys & Dinettes production team includes: Daryl Brooks +, (director); Robert Reddrick +, (musical director), Rueben D. Echoles +, (choreographer / costume designer and wigs); Jennifer Patricio *, (production manager / SM swing); Eric Backus +, (co-sound designer) Gianni Carcagno * / =, (assistant stage manager / assistant sound engineer); Matthew R. Chase +, (sound engineer); Andrea Enger =, (assistant manager / wardrobe manager); Deya Friedman *, (production manager, AEA); Denise Karczewski *, (light designer); Sydney Lynne *, (stage designer); Caitlin McCarthy *, (real estate designer); Johnnie Schleyer +, (technical director); Stefanie M. Senior *, (co-sound designer); Rachel West *, (lighting supervisor), Rashaad A. Bond +, (artistic associate producer); Alex Rhyan +, (production and operations director) and Michael Weber +, (artistic director).
Photo credit: Justin Kocher
Front row: Haley Gazdik, Caitlin McCarthy, Rachel West, Jennifer Aparicio *, Johnnie Schleyer, Eric Backus Back row: (left to right): Stefanie M. Senior, Matthew R. Chase, Denise Karczewski, Alex Rhyan
Billy Rude, Rafe Bradford, Melanie Loren, Shantel Cribbs, Frederick Harris and Ian Paul Custer
Melanie Loren and Shantel Cribbs
Ian Paul Custer, Frederick Harris, Billy Rude and Rafe Bradford
Michael Weber, Robert Reddrick and Daryl Brooks
Gianni Carcagno, Deya Friedman, Andrea Enger