The Off-Broadway production of Space Dogs ends its run at MCC March 20. The new musical, written by and starring Van Hughes (Burn All Night) and Nick Blaemire (Glory Days), opened February 13, following a preview period that began January 25. The show was originally scheduled to close March 6, but received two performance extensions.
The final two performances will be recorded live for an unspecified upcoming project.
Space Dogs tells the story of Laika, a stray dog sent into space by a Russian scientist during the Cold War. In addition to playing human characters, Blaemire and Hughes use puppets and play a variety of instruments to bring the story to life on stage.
The MCC production is helmed by Ellie Heyman, with choreography by Darrell Grand Moultrie, scenic design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Haydee Zelideth Atuñano, lighting design by Mary Ellen Stebbins, sound design by Nathan Leigh, projection design by Stefania Bulbarella and Alex Basco Koch, and puppet and props design by Amanda Villalobos. Katherine Wallace is the production stage manager, and casting is by Geoff Josselson of The Telsey Office. The Space Dogs company also includes understudy Noah Kieserman.
An original cast album, produced by Hughes and Blaemire, with Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer, is available on Ghostlight Records.