We’re starting to get a few details about Bo’s role in Pump Boys and Dinettes. He’ll be playing Jim, the lead male character. Here’s how the casting call for the show describes Jim:
The 1980s musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will return to Broadway next spring in a new production featuring direction and musical staging by John Doyle (Sweeney Todd). The musical tells the story of four men who work at a gas station on Highway 57 and two waitresses at the Double Cupp Diner, a dinette, located between two towns in North Carolina. A requirement is to play country instruments to a high professional level. All the instrumental lineups can change, depending on the talent. The more instrumental skills the better. Character ages are flexible. All the actors must have big personalities and be at ease relating directly to the audience.
Male, 30 – 45, any ethnicity. The front man of the Pump Boys. Traditionally, he plays rhythm guitar (country style). Must have the ability to chat with the audience in a very easy way. The storyteller of the evening, introduces us to the other characters. Strong singer.
Now I’m starting to understand why the show asked a greenhorn like Bo to try out. They needed a charismatic singer who plays his own intruments and knows how to engage an audience with some down-home charm. That’s Bo all over. According to a poster on a Broadway forum, I’m not the only one who thinks so:
I’ve heard through the grapevine that Bo gave one helluva audition.
How cool is that? I think he’s going to kick ass.