Joe Mantello to Direct Dogfight Musical at Second Stage Theatre
With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book by Peter Duchan, based on the movie of the same name, the show, set in 1963, centers on a group of three young Marines on the eve of their deployment to a small, but growing, conflict in Southeast Asia. Before they leave, the young men set out for a night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble, and find that an awkward and idealistic waitress who's recruited as part of a cruel bet, provides a lesson in the power of compassion.
As a director, Mantello has won Tony Awards for his productions of Assassins and Take Me Out, and is currently represented on Broadway with Wicked and Other Desert Cities. As a performer he has received Tony award nominations for his work in The Normal Heart and Angels in America.