Lansing, MI – Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, with license from Music Theatre International, is proud to announce the two week run of the musical Dogfight, in its Michigan Premiere.
It's Nov. 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."
Dogfight is based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort; Lili Taylor and River Phoenix starred in the movie. The Marines' cruel bet involves finding the ugliest girl in town and bringing them to a party, at which the women are secretly judged and a winner among the men is chosen.
This hauntingly beautiful musical by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Edges, James And The Giant Peach, A Christmas Story) and Peter Duchan, was praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film, Dogfight takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that will haunt long after the performance.
Peppermint Creek Director, Chad Badgero, had this to say about the show, “There is so much heart and heartbreak in this story, the show actually CALLED OUT for me to direct it! As an audience, we see how these young men are mistreating the women in the show. Yet we also get to see the environment and the world they have been prepped to be as Marine’s. How that plays out on stage is very human and touching. I know audiences will really be moved and relate to the music and the situations in the play. We’re also thrilled to be presenting the Michigan premiere by two rising stars in the musical theatre world, Pasek and Paul”!
The production will take place at Peppermint Creek’s performance venue, the Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing MI 48911. The show will run Thursday, March 19 – Sunday, March 22, and Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015. Show times are Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets can be ordered online atwww.peppermintcreek.org, and are $20 general admission, and $15 for students/seniors 65+.
This production of Dogfight is being directed by PCTC’s Artistic Director, Chad Badgero, and stars a cast of 12 local performers from Greater Lansing, Detroit, and New York.
To purchase tickets, visit www.peppermintcreek.org. Follow “PCTC” on Twitter: @PeppermintCreek or on Facebook.
ROSE - Jayna Katz
EDDIE - Patrick Harney
BERNSTEIN - Joe Quick
BOLAND - Matthew Bill
MARCY - Amanda Harvey
FECTOR - Ben Cassidy
STEVENS - Keenan Kangas
GIBBS - Reece Schaberg
MAMA - Racheal Raymer
RUTH TWO BEARS - Lauren Ezzo
PETE - Karol Garrison
PEGGY - Kaitlin Burns