GREENE – The theatre that brought you “The Marvelous Wonderettes” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” continues the tradition of feel-good musicals with “Pump Boys and Dinettes” (co-produced by NBT Bank and Raymond Corporation).
The Pump Boys flirt and sell high octane at their gas station, and the Dinettes laugh and serve apple pie at the diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of music that received raves on and off Broadway, with the actors performing their music with guitars, piano, bass and even kitchen utensils.
It’s a rousing, down-home mix of blues, country western and rock ‘n’ roll, in a charming tale of friendship, romance and heartbreak. The hummable, original songs include “Be Good or Be Gone,” “Tips” and “The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine.”
If musicals were born expressing American optimism, that optimism abounds in “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” a play that rocks like your granddaddy’s front-porch recliner. This musical is a foot-stomping good time that will make you want to order a big slice of cherry pie and a second cup of coffee before you hit the road in search of life’s simple pleasures.
Tickets are selling fast, and four shows are already sold out: Thursday, Aug. 23, Sunday, Aug. 26, Thursday, Aug. 30 and Thursday, Sept. 6.
Performances run from Aug. 23 to Sept. 16, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., plus Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Chenango River Theatre, 991 State Highway 12, Greene.
Tickets are $22 Thursday, $25 Friday, $27 Saturday and $23 Sunday. All performances start on time - late seating is not available. The box office opens one half hour before curtain. The 24-Hour Reservation Line accepts reservations at any time at 656-8499 (TIXX). Tickets may be charged to MasterCard, Visa or Discover.
Visit www.chenangorivertheatre.org for a complete schedule and more information.