Whether you are a musical enthusiast, a theatre-lover or caught somewhere in between, Stage 62’s upcoming production of Dogfight is sure to astound audiences from every walk of life. This musical features the best of the best singers and theatrical performers from our very own city with music composed by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, the team responsible for the fantastic scores and soundtracks of Broadway and Hollywood hits such as Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, and La La Land.
In regards to the show itself, Dogfight is based off the 1991 Warner Brothers Picture that features a flashback to the eve of deployment for 3 young Marines off to fight in the growing conflict of Southeast Asia in November of 1963. Looking for a chance to party and dig up some good old-fashioned trouble before their departure, a “dogfight” ensues and the goal to find the ugliest girl in town and bring her to a party where she will be judged commences. However, in a turn of events, Corporal Eddie Birdlace finds much more than he bargains for with his “contestant”, Rose, when she flips the rules of this game and instead teaches the Corporal a valuable lesson in love and compassion, as well as the power of the heart. This emotionally poignant yet uplifting tale is sure to take the audience on a theatrical journey they will not soon forget.
Pittsburgh is extraordinarily lucky to be able to host such a show as it is critically acclaimed and fully praised by audiences and critics alike. Such high praise can be attributed to the captivating story line as well as the music that is filled with strong folk influences and a lovely mixture of uptempo numbers and slower ballads. Additionally, the plot’s look into the harsher side of of the armed service (as the term “dogfight” suggests), serves to open up a larger discussion for the audience and to help realize the importance of a gentle heart–a lesson that is as important today as in 1963.
For those interested in attending, Stage 62’s production of Dogfight will be held in the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA, 15106 from May 10-20th, 2018. The show times are as follows: Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 8:00 pm, and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 pm.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, and they may be purchased online through www.stage62.org or by calling 412-429-6262.
*It should also be noted that due to the show’s incorporation of themes for adult audiences, Stage 62 suggests the minimum age for viewing be 13.