PHOTO CALL: Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena Star in Second Stage's Dogfight

Dogfight, a new musical by rising songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, opens in its world-premiere run July 16 following previews from June 27 at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre.

In addition to Mendez and Klena the Dogfight cast also features Annaleigh Ashford, Becca Ayers, Nick Blaemire, Steven Booth, Dierdre Friel, Adam Halpin, F. Michael Haynie, James Moye and Josh Segarra.

Here's how Second Stage bills the new musical: "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 [ Derek Klena, who was Tommy in Carrie Off-Broadway] meets Rose [ Lindsay Mendez, of Godspell and Everyday Rapture], 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."

Dogfight is based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort; Lili Taylor and River Phoenix starred.

Here's a look at the production:


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