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Centre Stage Presents ‘Dogfight: A New Musical’

Calling all musical theatre aficionados! Penn State Centre Stage will perform “Dogfight: A New Musical” from April 1-11 at the Downtown Theatre.

“Dogfight” is based off of the 1991 film of the same name. Recently adapted into a musical written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, it tells the tale of young people who meet and find themselves in a situation that will inevitably end in heartbreak. It follows three young Marines on the night before they are to be deployed to Vietnam in 1963.

“Even though the show is set in the 1960’s, the issues it addresses are still present today,” said Richard Roland, the production’s director. “While the characters and situations in “Dogfight” are indeed complex, they are intertwined with a powerful and moving musical score that ensures the show’s accessibility to audiences.”

The musical features a cast of current Penn State students, with music directed by Jordan Jones-Reese.

The original production of “Dogfight” only ran for 34 days at the Second Stage Theatre in New York City. The show received rave reviews and won Lucille Lortel Awards for both Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreographer.

The show will preview April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and will open to the public Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. It will run until April 11, with 2 p.m. matinees on April 4 and 11. Tickets can be purchased at the Penn State Downtown Theatre, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center, or by calling 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Student and group sales discounts are available.

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