Joe Mantello Will Direct World Premiere of New Musical Dogfight for Second Stage

By Andrew Gans
January 31, 2012

Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello will direct the world premiere of the new musical Dogfight, based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort, which will conclude Second Stage Theatre's 33rd season.



The new musical, which features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Peter Duchan, was the winner of the 2011 Richards Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre.

Performances will play Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street) this summer. Exact dates, casting and complete creative team will be announced shortly.

"It’s November 21, 1963," according to Second Stage. "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."

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's current projects include A Christmas Story (national tour 2011, 5th Ave Theatre 2010) and James and the Giant Peach (Goodspeed 2010).

Peter Duchan co-wrote the screenplay for "Breaking Upwards," released by IFC Films in 2010. He co-wrote a short, "Unlocked," an Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, among others. His play, Lavender Scare, was presented as part of the Geva Theatre's 2011 Plays-in-Progress series.

Joe Mantello is currently represented on Broadway by Wicked and Other Desert Cities. He has also directed The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5 the Musical, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, bash, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Blue Window, God’s Heart, The Santaland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels, Imagining Brad.

For more information visit www.2ST.com.