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Coronado Playhouse Presents “Dogfight” July 26 - Aug. 25

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 5:18 pm

Coronado Playhouse presents the award winning and critically acclaimed musical “Dogfight,” opening Friday, July 26 and playing through Sunday, Aug. 25. “Dogfight,” a romantic and comic musical adaptation of the 1991 movie with River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, wowed audiences when it premiered at New York’s Second Stage in 2012. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical in 2013, it offers audiences an unexpectedly tender and genuine love affair supported by an impressive and beautiful score. Since “Dogfight,” the inspiring writing team that is Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (called “heirs to Rodgers and Hammerstein” by Variety) have gone on to achieve great acclaim with more stage musicals, TV and film scores, most notably the Tony Award-winning “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Smash,” and the Oscar-winning “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman.”

The story begins Nov. 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 boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. The men must compete in the “proud” Marine tradition of the “dogfight”, a high-stakes contest to see who can pick up the ugliest date. But when PFC Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.

The Coronado Playhouse’s community partner for “Dogfight” is Veteran’s Village of San Diego that serves America’s veterans in overcoming homelessness and related challenges.

Tickets are available through Coronado Playhouse’s box office at 619-435-4856 or online at

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