Gentleman's Guide Star Survives Battle in Dog Days Musical

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Lauren Worsham, who earned a 2013 Tony Award nomination for her performance as Phoebe D'Ysquith in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, stars opposite Obie winner John Kelly in the New York premiere of Dog Days, beginning Jan. 9.
Lauren Worsham
Lauren Worsham

Dog Days has book and lyrics by Royce Vavrek. David T. Little's score incorporates elements of opera, musical theatre and rock-infused concert music.

Also in the cast: James Bobick, Marnie Breckenridge, Michael Marcotte and Peter Tantsits, accompanied by David T. Little’s chamber ensemble NEWSPEAK.

According to production notes, the show investigates "the psychology of a working class American family" during an imagined future war on U.S. soil. "This black comedy asks: is it madness, delusion, or sheer animal instinct that guides us through severely trying times? Where lies the line between animal and human, and at what point must we give into our animal instincts to survive?" It's based on the short story of the same title by Judy Budnitz.
Photo by James Matthew Daniel

The production gives three performances, Jan. 9-11, at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on the south side of Washington Square Park in New York's Greenwich Village.

The production is directed by Robert Woodruff, with music direction by Alan Pierson. Dog Days is a co-production of NYU Skirball Center, Beth Morrison Projects and HERE’s Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now.

Dog Days got its world-premiere production at Montclair State University, produced by Peak Performances in association with Beth Morrison Projects.

Tickets for Dog Days cost $20-$75 and are available online at or in person at the NYU Skirball Center box office.

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