Similar to the many excellent shows from the Alhambra Theater & Dining such as: “Hank and My Honky Tonk Hero’s”, “Ring of Fire”, and the superb rendition from Gail Bliss in “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”; “Pump Boys & Dinettes” ranks right up there with the best. There’s a little bit of country & western and a little honkey-tonk mixed with a lot of humorous talent.
“Pump Boys & Dinettes” is a foot-stomping, toe-tapping, good-feeling musical of times gone by and the meal will make you think that you stopped by a roadside café to have some great food. The Alhambra Theater and Dining has opened the 2014 season with a real curb-side appeal.
This show is recommended for the young and more mature clientele. There’s live music, singing, dancing and comedy for all. There are only six performers, but they keep the show moving with eye popping entertainment, all evening. One of the songs, “Fisherman’s Prayer”, is an Acapella delight. The music from “Pump Boys & Dinettes” comes straight from the Broadway production and reminds one of Chuck Berry, Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis.
If you have someone taking tap dancing, then they need to see some real ‘hoofing’ from the sequins tap boots and shoes like that on the feet of Jonathan Cable (L.M.), Ashlie Roberson (Prudie Cupp) and Jessica Bradish (Rhetta Cupp) These ladies can sing, dance and play a mean set of metal bowls too. This writer’s granddaughter will have a better understanding of ‘tap’ the next time she goes to tap dancing class. L.M. also impressed the audience on an upright piano, accordion, cymbals, a cow bell and a sheepish smile.
Can you guess what the acronym of the song “T.N.D.P.W.A.M.” could mean? Well, Dolly Parton has something to do with it. The song “Tips” is a cute rendition for anyone who serves as a barkeep or a restaurant server and was well performed by the dinette girls. Straight from the 50’s came the song, “Farmers Tan”.
Kyle Lacy (Jackson) started the show by coming around the audience while strumming his lead guitar, speaking with the crowd and looking like a young ‘Opie Taylor’ in his baseball cap and coveralls.
Last of all is the silent – four string base, tambourine playing and base fiddle master of the group, Jayson Elliot (Eddie). He doesn’t sing or dance, nonetheless, his talent is in his fingers.
Pump Boys & Dinettes
presented by WQIK radio
Dates: December 28, 2013 – February 2, 2014
Show Times: 8:00 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturday are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m.
Tickets: Regular pricing for tickets starts at $47.00 for adults and $35.00 for children. Ticket price includes dinner, show and parking. Group sales are available.