DOGFIGHT

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

 

Dogfight was hailed as “the year’s best new musical” when it was  staged in London in 2014 – and Pick Me Up’s production just a year later gave York audiences the chance to see why.

 

Holly Surtees-Smith and Conor Mellor were “terrific” (York Press) as Rose and Eddie, the young couple who fall in love the night before Eddie’s deployed to Vietnam.

 

Eddie and his fellow Marines have arranged a “dogfight” for their last night at home – a competition to bring the ugliest girl to a party. Eddie finds his girl in awkward, idealistic waitress Rose – but she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.

 

It’s a powerful and moving story with thrilling and beautiful music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul – and the Pick Me Up cast and Barbara Chan’s onstage band earned standing ovations for their performances

The production was a triumph for director George Stagnell and choreographer Matthew Hill – with one of the highlights a jaw-dropping battle scene with flashes, explosions and pyrotechnics by lighting and sound team Adam Moore and Ian Thomson.

 

Pick Me Up’s production of Dogfight followed straight on from Buddy The Buddy Holly Story, with most of the cast and band performing in both shows. Members of the audience attracted by the more familiar Buddy had come back to see Dogfight and left raving about the show and the sheer talent and versatility of the cast.

 

Dogfight premiered off-Broadway in 2012, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and earned five-star reviews when it was staged at the Southwark Playhouse in London last year. The Guardian called it “cleverly written and hugely enjoyable”, The Independent “one of the most enjoyable, moving and stimulating new musicals in ages”, and Libby Purves on TheatreCat said it was “warm, wonderful, wise … the year’s best new musical”.

 

August 13-15 2015

CREATIVES

Music and lyrics by  

Justin Paul and Benj Pasek

 

Book by

Peter Duchan

 

Directed by 

George Stagnell

 

Producer 

Robert Readman

 

Musical director

Barbara Chan

 

Choreographer

Matt Hill

 

Lighting

Adam Moore

 

Sound

Ian Thomson

 

CAST

Rose  

Holly Surtees-Smith

 

Eddie

Conor Mellor

 

Bernstein

Lee West

 

Boland

Chris Mortimer

 

Gibbs, Waiter, Stevens' party date

Sam Baxter

 

Fector

Ryan Hirst

 

Stevens

Lewis Douglas

 

Ruth2Bears, Chippy

Kelly Stocker

 

Marcy, Peggy

Claire Pulpher

 

Mama, Suzette

Jeanette Hunter

 

Pete, Sarge, Big Tony

Craig Kirby

 

Lounge singer/Marine

Ben Williams

 

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BAND

Keyboard

Barbara Chan

 

Guitar

Neil Morgan

 

Bass

Georgia Edwards

 

Drums/Percussion

James Wood

 

Cello

George Wissen

 

Violin

John Cummins

 

Keyboard 2

Jessica Douglas