Hayes Theatre Co

1st May - 31st May, 2015


Music and Lyrics by Ben Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan

Director Neil Gooding
Musical Director Isaac Hayward
Choreographer Camilla Jakimowicz
Set Designers James Browne & Georgia Hopkins
Costume Designer Elizabeth Franklin
Lighting Designers Ross Graham & Alex Berlage
Sound Designer Jed Silver

The whole damn world might change tomorrow. So we go for broke today

November 21, 1963. On 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. Based on the 1991 movie of the same name starring River Phoenix, DOGFIGHT premiered Off-Broadway in 2012, where it won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and was nominated for 5 Outer Critics Circle and 2 Drama Desk Awards.

"We are extremely excited to be presenting the Australian premiere of DOGFIGHT by musical theatre's hottest writing team, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and with a book by Peter Duchan. DOGFIGHT is a brilliant theatrical translation of the film, which starred River Phoenix. DOGFIGHT boasts one of the most exciting new scores that has been written over the last few decades, and the show will be brought to life by an incredible ensemble cast made up of some of Australia's brightest performers. Set in 1963 on the eve of the Vietnam War and the Kennedy assassination, DOGFIGHT is a musical about the power of compassion and empathy, which follows the unlikely friendship that develops in a most unlikely context. We cannot wait to showcase this amazing new show to audiences at Hayes Theatre Co," says Neil Gooding.


It's so satisfying and rare to see a piece of musical theatre done so well, which makes Dogfight a genuine must-see. This is amongst the best work to come out of the Hayes in its short life — it's certainly the most confident - Ben Neutze, Daily Review 

There is nothing worn or tired about this musically vibrant, thematically rich piece, and Neil Gooding's production is a fantastic, exciting execution, both musically and dramatically - Giles Hardie, Time Out Sydney 

Gooding is a very fine director of musical theatre because he has a great internal understanding of the form and its various quirks - Cassie Tongue, Aussie Theatre

Lucente and Cole are first-rate in their roles. The chiseled Lucente looks pure soldier, has the acting chops to trace Birdlace's trajectory from cocky youth to broken man, and he possesses a voice that can crack a song open - Jason Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald 

Original Cast

Johanna Allen, Danielle Barnes, Hilary Cole, Toby Francis, Emily Havea, Haydan Hawkins, Luigi Lucente, Kyle Sapsford, Mark Simpson, Jack Van Staveren, Rowan Witt