Waiter: Well, are you ready to order now or…? Eddie: No. Rose: Yes, goddammit. I’m going to have the fucking poached salmon, with the son-of-a-bitching rice, and a dirty bastard salad with a shitload of Roquefort dressing. Thank you. And um, who knows what this asshole wants.
It’s November 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 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.
This is the fourteenth installment of theWatch With Me: Musicals series where we watch/listen to a musical, talk about what we like, don’t like, characters, audition songs, analysis, best songs, worst songs, everything! Click here to find out more and get involved, everybody is welcome!
Dogfight is a musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Peter Duchan. It is based off the 1991 film ‘Dogfight’ by Nancy Savoca.
It originally opened off-Broadway in the Second Stage theatre in 2012. Previews started on June 27th 2012 and the show opened July 16th and it closed August 19th 2012. The original cast was Derek Klena as Birdlace and Lindsay Mendez as Rose. It has also had 4 other productions: in 2014 off-West End; 2015 Australian production; 2015 European Amateur Premiere and the 2015 Dutch Production.
It had been nominated for one Drama Desk award (for Lindsay Mendez) two Drama League awards (one for Lindsay Mendez) and for five Outer Critics Circle awards (one for Lindsay Mendez). It won two Lucille Lortel awards: one for oustanding musical and the other for outstanding choreographer (Chris Getelli).
Note: Contains strong language throughout and some references to sex.
Enjoy! Give it a listen/watch and share your thoughts under the tag #wwmmusicals before next Friday, and I will do the same! I know this musical can be a bit daunting for those of us who only speak English, but I’ve heard great things about the subtitled videos, so give a chance! If you already know the musical, I still encourage you to post your thoughts on it. Some things to get your mind going: Do you like the musical or not? Why? Favorite songs? Favorite lines? Least favorite songs? Are there any roles for you? Potential audition songs? How much would you LOVE to see it on Broadway! Have you seen it before? Perhaps you want to link a recording from another actor you love performing in the show or covering a song? What do you think of the composer? Why do you think it’s important? And whatever else you may find interesting about it! Get your posts up, and we’ll get the conversation rolling!
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