The Story
Dogfight
Music & Lyrics
BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL

Book
PETER DUCHAN
This musical is based on Bob Comfort's screenplay for the 1991 movie of the same name starring River Phoenix. It features one of the nastiest boy-meets-girl setups in the history of cinematic romance, and the musical stays true to the screenplay. In 1963 a group of Marines decide to celebrate their last evening stateside, in San Francisco, by holding a dogfight - a long-standing tradition in which men compete to recruit the ugliest date for a party. That these Marines will be leaving the next day for "this little country near India called Vietnam" gives their revels a thick retrospective layer of historic significance.

PHOTOS
Original Off-Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Performance highlights from the original 2012 Off-Broadway production starring Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez.

MUSIC
First Date/ Last Night
Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena
Original Cast Recording

THE STORY

SYNOPSIS

On November 21, 1963, a group of young marines is gathered in San Fransisco the night before they ship off to Vietnam. They decide to celebrate their last night of freedom with a cruel game they call a “dogfight” where every man sets out to find the ugliest girl he can and brings her to a party. Everyone puts in money, and the man with the ugliest date wins the pot.

One of the young men taking part is Eddie Birdlace, who is running out of time to find a date when he meets idealistic waitress Rose Fenny in a diner. He invites her to the party — her very first party — and she accepts. She leaves angrily when she finds out about the bet and Eddie, feeling bad, comes to find her. After an inauspicious beginning, an awkward love story begins to unfold.

Dogfight is a much like Eddie Birdlace himself. One the one hand, he’s full of the aggressive energy that is part of a pack of young men wrapped up in sex and war and drunk on their own importance. On the other, he’s attracted to the calm, introspective energy of Rose.

The sights and sounds of Dogfight reflects the schism; powerful, repeated melodies and chest-thumping choreography in the Marines- numbers gives them a properly militaristic feel, while everything about Rose, a flower child in the making, has a much folksier sensibility. Though the game at the heart of the plot is a cruel one, the high-energy material and a lot of well placed comedy (in the form of a toothless hooker, to name just one of the more colorful characters) keeps the show from feeling mean-spirited at its core.

LIBRETTO

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer SECOND STAGE THEATRE
Direction JOE MANTELLO
Choreography CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI
Orchestrations MICHAEL STAROBIN
Musical Director BRYAN PERRI
Scenic Design DAVID ZINN
Costume Design DAVID ZINN
Lighting Design PAUL GALLO
Sound Design FITZ PATTON
Cast
Eddie Birdlace DEREK KLENA
Rose Fenny LINDSAY MENDEZ
Marcy ANNALEIGH ASHFORD
Boland JOSH SEGARRA
Bernstein NICK BLAEMIRE
Chippy DIERDRE FRIEL
Mama BECCA AYERS
Gibbs STEVEN BOOTH
Stevens ADAM HALPIN
Fector F. MICHAEL HAYNIE
Lounge Singer JAMES MOYE
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Prelude: Take Me BackRose Fenny, Eddie Birdlace, Ensemble
Some Kinda TimeMarines
We Three BeesEddie Birdlace, Boland, Bernstein
Hey, Good-Lookin'Marines, Women
Come To A PartyEddie Birdlace, Rose Fenny
Nothing Short of WonderfulRose Fenny
Come To A Party (Reprise)Rose Fenny, Marcy, Marines
BlastOfflLounge Singer
That FaceLounge Singer, Marines
It's Just A PartyLounge Singer
DogfightMarcy, Rose Fenny
Pretty FunnyRose Fenny


ACT TWO

Hometown Hero's Ticker Tape ParadeMarines
First Date/Last NightRose Fenny, Eddie Birdlace
Hometown Hero's Ticker Tape Parade (Reprise)Bernstein, Boland
Before It's OverRose Fenny
Give Way Ensemble, Rose Fenny
Some Kinda Time (Reprise) Marines
Come BackEddie Birdlace

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Ruthless!
A Little Night Music
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Off-Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Performance highlights from the original 2012 Off-Broadway production starring Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez.

First Date/ Last Night Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena Original Cast Recording
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