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Dogfight - songwriters Pasek and Paul to attend European premiere

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

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TONY-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and book writer Peter Duchan are to attend the European première of their acclaimed musical Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

They will then take part in an aftershow Q & A, hosted by critic Matt Wolf, London theatre critic of The International New York Times and London correspondent for www.broadway.com, following the performance of Dogfight on Thursday, August 14.

Dogfight, based on the 1991 movie of the same name starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, premièred Off-Broadway in 2012, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. It was also nominated for five Outer Critics’ Circle and two Drama Desk Awards.

November 21, 1963. 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.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have been a composing team since meeting in college. In 2007, they were the youngest ever recipients of the Jonathan Larson Award – named after the late Rent composer – that honours achievement by composers, lyricists and librettists.

Pasek and Paul (as they are affectionately known) made their Broadway debut last year with A Christmas Story, which received three Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score. The holiday musical was named one of the Top 10 Shows of 2012 by Time Magazine, shared recognition as the No1 Musical of 2012 in USA Today and received Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. Pasek and Paul’s score for the show also received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music.

Their other stage musicals include Edges and James and the Giant Peach. They also composed several original songs for the second season of the Broadway TV drama, Smash, which charted in the Top 25 on the iTunes Pop Charts.

Read more about Dogfight.