Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Peter Duchan's Dogfight Available for Licensing Through MTI
18 Apr 2014
The 2013 Lucille Lortel Award-winning musical Dogfight — featuring a pop-rock score by theatrical songwriters and Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Peter Duchan — is now available for licensing through Music Theatre International.
Joe Mantello directed the 2012 Second Stage Theatre production of the musical, based on the film of the same name, about a homely San Francisco waitress who catches the attention of a callow soldier heading off to fight in Vietnam.
Here's how the show was billed: "It's Nov. 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion."
The Warner Bros. film source had a screenplay by Bob Comfort.
Pasek and Paul, who share music and lyric credit jointly, made their Broadway debut as a team, writing the songs for A Christmas Story, The Musical, and earning a 2013 Tony nomination for their work.Their original songs were featured on Season 2 of the NBC series "Smash," and their song cycle Edges has been seen around the world.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.