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

Doorstep Arts are proud to announce the cast and creative team set to deliver

the Victorian Premiere of the award-­winning musical DOGFIGHT

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

It’s November 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 boy’s night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace (Alex Woodward) meets Rose (Olivia Charalambous), an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with this fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.

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

Praise for the 2012 premiere:
‘Easily the most delicate, surprising, musically satisfying score since Spring Awakening.’ Time Out New York

‘Tuneful…Mr Pasek and Mr Paul have written a winning low-­key date song finding melodic grace in romantic awkwardness’ The New York Times

Doorstep Arts Artistic Director and Director of DOGFIGHT, Darylin Ramondo is thrilled to introduce this critically acclaimed production to a Melbourne audience. “The cast includes some of the industry’s most exciting young performers and we can’t wait to present DOGFIGHT to the Melbourne stage”, says Darylin.

Based in Geelong, Doorstep Arts is a leading independent theatre company committed to creating exceptional and innovative theatre. We relish in our enviable reputation for bringing contemporary musical experiences to our audience, for enriching the cultural identity of our community, and for promoting the artistic excellence of our city.

Starring some of our nation’s most recognised performers, recent productions include the critically acclaimed season of Next to Normal (Geelong Performing Arts Centre & Sydney Premier season at Hayes Theatre Co), Australian premiere of Three Sides, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Songs for a New World and The Last Five Years.

DOGFIGHT is Doorstep Arts’ Melbourne debut.

Praise for Doorstep Arts:
‘…burgeoning companies like Geelong’s Doorstep Arts are so crucial to the Australian theatre scene.’ The Guardian

‘Doorstep provides a creative breeding ground for theatrical talent in a way that is both inspiring and passionate.’ Eddie Perfect


Alex Woodward playing Eddie Birdlace
Olivia Charalambous playing Rose Fenny
Zoy Frangos playing Boland
Jaclyn DeVincentis playing Marcy
Joel Granger playing Bernstein
Daniel Cosgrove playing Stevens
James Coley playing Fector
David Irvine playing Gibbs
Sally Bourne playing Mama
Tim Carney playing Lounge Singer
Hannah McInerney playing Ruth Two Bears

Producer: Angelique Helman
Director: Darylin Ramondo
Musical Director: Trevor Jones
Lighting Design: Martin Kinnane
Choreographer: Leanne Marsland
Sound: Marcello Lo Ricco, LSS Productions
Costume Design: Rhiannon Irving

Venue: Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran VIC
Dates: Thursday 5 May – Sunday 15 May
Time: 8pm Tue-­Sat, 5pm Sun
Tickets: $44.90 -­ $49.90 plus credit card fees