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Paper Mill Playhouse Hosts PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Cast Party in Millburn

Gabe Bowling, James Barry, Jason Ostrowski, Julie Foldesi, Sam Weber and Alysha Umphress star in Paper Mill Playhouse's production of Pump Boys and Dinettes. Credits: Jonathan Sym
Full Cast: (left to right); L.M. (Jason Ostrowski), Prudie (Julie Foldesi), Eddie (Sam Weber), Jim (James Barry), Jackson (Gabe Bowling), Rhetta (Alysha Umprhess) Credits: Brad Klein
Director John Foley on the Pump Boys and Dinettes set. Credits: Brad Klein
Debra Monk and John T. Foley Credits: Jonathan Sym
David Thompson and Susan Stroman Credits: Jonathan Sym
Jason Ostrowski Credits: Jonathan Sym
Alysha Umphress Credits: Jonathan Sym
Sam Weber Credits: Jonathan Sym
James Barry Credits: Jonathan Sym
Gabe Bowling and Michelle Vezilj Credits: Jonathan Sym
Julie Foldesi and Alysha Umphress Credits: Jonathan Sym
Gabe Bowling, James Barry, Jason Ostrowski and Sam Weber Credits: Jonathan Sym
Cody Williams and Alysha Umphress Credits: Jonathan Sym
Debra Monk Credits: Jonathan Sym
Alysha Umphress Credits: Jonathan Sym
Michelle Vezlij and Gabe Bowling Credits: Jonathan Sym
Dennis Quaid (left) and Gabe Bowling (right).  Or maybe Gabe Bowling (left) and Dennis Quaid (right). Credits: Brad Klein
Brittany Weber and Sam Weber.  The Bloomfield, NJ residents are expecting a daughter in two weeks!  Bravo Zulu! Credits: Brad Klein
Sam Weber, Gabe Bowling and Jason Ostrowski. Credits: Jonathan Sym
Alysha Umprhess with Pump Boys and Dinnettes casting director Cesar A. Rocha. Credits: Brad Klein
Jason Ostrowski introduces Alysha Umpress to his family. Credits: Jonathan Sym
Gabe Bowling Credits: Jonathan Sym
David Cross and Brad Klein, camera crew. Credits: Jonathan Sym

MILLBURN, NJ – Cast members of Pump Boys and Dinettes came out to downtown Millburn Sunday evening to celebrate a successful opening night performance. 

Pump Boys director and co-writer John T. Foley joined the after-party with other prominent Broadway and film celebrities at the Moonshine Supper Club.  He played the role of Jackson in the Broadway and Off-Broadway performances in the 1980's.

Famed choreographer/director Susan Stroman joined the cast party.  She is best known for her choreography of Broadway hit musicals such The Music Man, The Producers, Oklahoma! and Crazy For You.

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Tony award and Emmy award winning actor, singer and writer Debra Monk was there.    She has been in over 30 films including Prelude to a Kiss, The Bridges of Madison County, The Devil’s Advocate and Center Stage.  Her television credits include NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Grey’s Anatomy and Damages.  She also co-wrote Pump Boys.

Pump Boys and Dinettes stars include; James Barry (Million Dollar Quartet, These Paper Bullets, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) plays Jim; Gabe Bowling (Million Dollar Quartet, Because of Winn-Dixie, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) who plays Jackson; Julie Foldesi (Newsies, South Pacific,  The Full Monty) plays Prudie; Jason Ostrowski (Les Miserables, Whistle Down Wind,  Forever Plaid) plays L.M.; Alysha Unphress (On The Town, American Idiot, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) plays Rhetta; Sam Weber (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,  Million Dollar Quartet,  Chamberlain) plays Eddie.

Pump Boys And Dinettes tells the story of six employees of a rural roadside diner and gas station.  Through song and dance, they tell the tale of life on Highway 57.  You’ll find no orchestra in this production.  The actors are also talented musicians and play several instruments in the show, sometimes simultaneously.  At one point, Ostrowski (L.M) will be playing three at the same time.    Barry (Jim) will be singing and strumming a guitar whilst standing on Weber’s (Eddie) bass.  Umphress (Rhetta) and Foldesi (Prudie) break out almost every know kitchen tool and turns them into instruments.  Bowling (Jackson), who looks like a young Dennis Quaid, isn’t with his guitar, and sometimes without his shirt buttoned up too.

 Pump Boys And Dinettes plays through May 1 at the Paper Mill Playhouse.  For ticket and performance information, please visit

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