Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pump Boys and Dinettes
Miners Alley Playhouse: 7/17 – 8/23
                                                        Daniel Langhoff and Mitch Jervis

    If you’re lookin’ for a foot-stompin,’  hand clappin,’ knee slappin,’  belly laughin’ good time, it’s over to the Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden. What I mean is that it’s High Octane country western with tongue firmly planted in cheek! I guess what it is is stupefyin’ fun based out of a little diner that’s adjacent to the gas station and automotive repair shop there on Highway 57.
     Now the two gals that run “The Double Cup,” -the little greasy spoon there - are a couple of dolls who are real purdy and sing like canaries.
The boys are a bunch of no ‘count car mechanics who’d rather be a fishin'
and pickin’ than gettin’ that car fixed for uncle Bob. Margie Lamb and
 Jacquie Jo Billings are the Dinettes who keep the customers comin’ back for 
more at their little café. Ms. Lamb is Rhetta Cupp and Jacquie Jo Billings is
 Prudy Cupp. They’re sisters.

                                              Margie Lamb and Jacquie Jo Billings

      Ms. Lamb’s hilarious rendition of “Be Good or Be Gone,” is outstanding!
 Ms. Billings shines with “The Best Man…I Never Had.” Some of the other songs on the menu at the Double Cup are: “Farmer Tan,” and “The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine.”
     The boys are outstanding in the pickin’ and grinnin’ department. They can sing, too. Not like canaries though. They’re singin’s more the rock n roll redneck variety.
      All seriousness aside this is what one might call  "Grand Ole Opry goes to Golden!"
     Every one of the songs is a keeper and the atmosphere’s one of a country western shindig.
     Daniel Langhoff leads the male ensemble with superb singing and guitar playing. He’s aided in no small part by : Mitch Jervis, Barry Brown, Steve Klein and Tag Worley.
     The direction by Brenda Billings and music direction by Mitch Samu conspire to give us an evening of high spirits and fantastic music.
Kyle Scoggins' scenic design is a visual delight.
     Just FYI "Pump Boys and Dinettes" was nominated for the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical. It's also the longest running musical in the history of Chicago theatre.
Try the special green cocktail. I believe it’s called The Strangled Frog!

Pump Boys and Dinettes"
The Double Cupp diner on Highway 57 is where all the pickin' and singin' action is found.
July 17 - Aug 22*
Fri. and Sat. @ 7:30 p.m.; Sun @ 6 p.m.
$26 Adult - $23 Senior and Youth - $$15 Children under 12
Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden, CO 80401
303-935-3044 or online at
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