John Doyle will direct a new Broadway incarnation of 1981 tuner “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” lined up for a spring opening.
Doyle, who made a name for himself on the Rialto with pared-down revivals of “Sweeney Todd” and “Company” in which thesps doubled as the orchestra, will once again helm a show in which the actors are also musicians. “Pump Boys” follows the musical stylings of four gas station attendants and a pair of waitresses in 1950s North Carolina, with an original score that includes country, bluegrass, gospel and other genres.
The musical was created and written by its original performers, a team of six that includes John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. Show preemed Off Broadway in 1981 before it went on to open in 1982 on Broadway, where it ran for more than a year. New production is the title’s first revival on the Main Stem.
Doyle’s last Broadway credit was the 2008 run of “A Catered Affair.” Over the summer he directed the new stage version of “The Exorcist” at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A.
Mary-Mitchell Campbell, who worked with Doyle on “Company,” provides new arrangements and orchestrations for the tuner. Creative team also includes David Gallo (sets), Ann Hould-Ward (costumes), Mike Baldassari (lights) and Dan Moses Schreier (sound).
Abby Lee and David B. Brode (who was on the producing teams of the 1992 revival of “Guys and Dolls” and the 1987 preem of “Into the Woods”) produce with exec producer Tom Viertel (“Sweeney Todd,” “Company,” “Gypsy,” “Leap of Faith”).
No cast has yet been set. Dates and theater also remain to be announced.