Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, together with book writer Peter Duchan, are to attend the European premiere of their musical Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse on Wednesday 13 August.
They will then take part in an aftershow Q&A, hosted by critic Matt Wolf, London theatre critic of The International New York Times and London correspondent for broadway.com, following the performance of Dogfight on Thursday 14 August.
Dogfight, based on the 1991 movie of the same name starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, premiered Off-Broadway in 2012, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and it was also nominated for five Outer Critics Circle and two Drama Desk Awards.
November 21, 1963. The night before their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, the unassuming and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet, she rewrites the rules of the game and opens his eyes to what really matters in life.
Dogfight, produced by Danielle Tarento, the award-winning producer of Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel, and directed by Matt Ryan, is in The Large at Southwark Playhouse for a six-week season from Friday 8 August to Saturday 13 September.
Heading the London cast in the central roles of Eddie and Rose are Jamie Muscato and Laura Jane Matthewson. A video was recently released of Matthewson singing ‘Pretty Funny’ from the musical – click here to view.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have been a composing team since meeting in college. In 2007 they were the youngest ever recipients of the Jonathan Larson Award – named after the late Rent composer – that honours achievement by composers, lyricists and librettists. Pasek and Paul (as they are affectionately known) made their Broadway debut last year with A Christmas Story, which received three Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The holiday musical was named one of the Top 10 Shows of 2012 by Time Magazine, shared recognition as the No.1 Musical of 2012 in USA Today and received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. Pasek and Paul’s score for the show also received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music.
Their other stage musicals include Edges and James and the Giant Peach. They composed several original songs for the second season of the Broadway TV drama Smash.