1 May to 31 May 2015

at Hayes Theatre Co Potts Point

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

Director Neil Gooding
Musical Director Isaac Hayward
Choreographer Camilla Jakimowicz
Set Designer James Browne
Costume Designer Elizabeth Frankilin
Lighting Designer Ross Graham
Sound Designer Jed Silver



Johanna Allen, Danielle Barnes, Hilary Cole, Toby Francis, Emily Havea, Haydan Hawkins, Luigi Lucente,

Kyle Sapsford, Mark Simpson, Jack Van Staveren and Rowan Witt.


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


Neil Gooding Productions will present the award winning musical DOGFIGHT at Hayes Theatre Co from 1 May to 31 May 2015.

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 premièred 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.

DOGFIGHT will star Johanna Allen (The Threepenny Opera, Wicked, Dr Zhivago), Danielle Barnes (Priscilla Queen of The Desert), Hilary Cole (Carrie The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, Miracle City), Toby Francis (Love Death and An American Guitar: The Songs of Jim Steinman, Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Emily Havea (The Light In The Piazza), Haydan Hawkins (Possum Magic, Pirates of Penzance), Luigi Lucente (The Rocky Horror Show, Wicked, Jersey Boys), Kyle Sapsford (LoveBites, Sweeney Todd), Mark Simpson (Hairspray, On The Twentieth Century), Jack Van Staveren (Merrily We Roll Along) and Rowan Witt (Into the Woods, South Pacific).

“We assembled the cast for the first time last week to perform a number at the Hats Off charity concert. Having now heard them all sing together, I am hugely excited about finally getting into the rehearsal room in 5 weeks to start creating our version of DOGFIGHT. This will be the first production that has been seen of this incredible new show in Australia. The design team are currently finalising their concepts for set, costumes and lighting, but it is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting productions I have ever put together”, says Neil Gooding


"Easily the most delicate, surprising, musically satisfying score since Spring Awakening," – Time Out New York

"Extraordinarily rich and tender," – Michael Dale, Broadway World

"Tuneful…Mr. Pasek and Mr. Paul have written a winning low-key date song finding melodic grace in romantic awkwardness," – Ben Brantley, The New York Times


Hayes Theatre Co is a dedicated music theatre and cabaret venue in Potts Point. Named for Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes OAM, Hayes Theatre Co honours and builds on the vast history of Australian Musical Theatre and its practitioners. This not-for-profit venue is managed by Independent Music Theatre, a collaborative partnership focusing on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space to newly mounted productions, Hayes Theatre Co, will be a presenting partner together with independent producers and artists. Hayes Theatre Co is made possible through the City of Sydney's Accommodation Grant Program.


Hayes Theatre Co

19 Greenknowe Ave Potts Point

Dates: 1 May to 31 May 2015

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 5pm

Tickets: Adult $48 Concession/MEAA $42*

Bookings: or phone 02 8065 7337

*including booking fees