Show History



Dogfight is a musical adaptation of the 1991 film of the same name, which starred River Phoenix and Lilli Taylor. Bookwriter, Peter Duchan, always held a soft spot for the lesser-known film and felt that the characters were worth exploring further. He reached out to childhood friend, Justin Paul, who then joined the project with his writing partner, Benj Pasekj. The musical received a Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater in 2011, an award that enables new composers and playwrights to produce new musicals by providing financial support. With help from that recognition, the musical was picked up by the reputable Second Stage Theatre Company.


Dogfight debuted off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre Company in New York City on June 27, 2012. The production was directed by Tony Award winner, Joe Mantello. It ran until August 19, 2012. Pace University staged the first production following the off-Broadway premiere, running from October 2–9, 2013.