"Some Kinda Time": Pasek and Paul's Dogfight Opens in London Tonight

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and Mark Shenton
13 Aug 2014

Pasek and Paul's critically praised 2012 Off-Broadway musical Dogfight, based on the 1991 film of the same name, officially opens Aug. 13 at London's Southwark Playhouse.



The musical features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who were Tony Award-nominated for A Christmas Story, with a book by Peter Duchan, based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort. Matt Ryan directs the London premiere that began Aug. 8 and will run through Sept. 13.

The musical is set in 1963. The night before their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, the unassuming and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet, she rewrites the rules of the game and opens his eyes to what really matters in life.

Eddie is Jamie Muscato, and Rose is played by Laura Jane Matthewson. The roles were originated Off-Broadway by Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez.

Muscato was in the world première of The Light Princess, Les Misérables (both the feature film and on the international tour), Rock Of Ages at the Shaftesbury, Love Story at Chichester and the Duchess and Spring Awakening. Matthewson won The Ronald William White Prize for Acting Through Song at The Royal Academy of Music. Dogfight marks her London stage debut in a starring role.

The cast also includes Emily Olive Boyd, Cellen Chugg Jones, Nicholas Corre, Matthew Cutts, Joshua Dowen, Ciaran Joyce, Amanda Minihan, Rebecca Trehearn and Samuel J. Weir.

Dogfight has choreography by Lucie Pankurst, musical direction by George Dyer, sets and costumes by Lee Newby, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound by Andrew Johnson. The producer and casting director is Danielle Tarento.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.