Following his huge success and sold-out season with Heathers The Musical, new up-and-coming producer, Mitchell Old now returns to ARA Darling Quarter Theatre with a totally reimagined vision of the hauntingly beautiful musical DOGFIGHT.
DOGFIGHT (music and lyrics by Pasek & Paul and book by Peter Duchan) has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. DOGFIGHT is adapted from the 1991 film of the same name and is a statement about the military culture of the 1960s and the inevitable realisation that no one is invincible. It takes the audience on a romantic and heartbreaking journey as a young soldier learns the power of compassion when he plays a cruel joke on an unsuspecting girl.
If you haven't seen the film, the story goes like this: In 1967, Eddie Birdlace returns from the Vietnam War. He is going back to San Francisco, where he spent his last night in the United States before shipping out. His memories of that night flood back: It is November 21, 1963, and Eddie and his best friends Boland and Bernstein decide to spend their last night before deployment in a “dogfight,” that is, who can find the ugliest girl in town and bring her to a party where she will be judged? Hideous, right?
But of course, the marines enthusiastically jump into the cruel contest. However, when Eddie finally finds Rose Fenny, an awkward waitress who has never been on a date, he has a change of heart. She learns about the dogfight but is determined to not let it define her as an ugly and pathetic girl, and her optimism has a profound effect on Eddie’s worldview.
The stage cast includes Sascha Wykes, Tom Davis, Adam Noviello, Sam Welsh, Sam Harmon and featuring Daniel Raso as the ‘Lounge Singer’ and the show is directed by Madison Lee with Vocal Direction by Ali Calder.
ARA Darling Quarter Theatre
19 April – 14 May 2022.
Tuesday to Thursday 7pm, Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 1pm & 6.30pm.
Previews $49.90; Performances $60.95 to $94.95