PHOTO CALL: Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, Mario Cantone, Caissie Levy and More Sing Dogfight and Other Pasek and Paul Tunes
By Matthew Blank
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, 2013 Tony Award nominees for their original score of A Christmas Story, The Musical, celebrated the release of the Off-Broadway cast recording Dogfight with two reunion concerts May 15 at Joe's Pub.
The concerts, which featured cast members from the Second Stage Theatre production of the Lucille Lortel Award-winning musical Dogfight, were held May 15 at 9:30 PM (sold out) and 11:30 PM.
"We're doing a Dogfight CD release concert at Joe's Pub on the 15th, where almost the entire cast is going to be there with a few surprise guests that are going to be really exciting," Pasek told Playbill.com at the May 1 Tony nominees press junket. "Everybody should come! You can get physical copies of the CD [and] Lindsay Mendez will sign it because she's famous. And, now that she's [going to play] Elphaba, it's very exciting."
Mendez, who starred as clumsy waitress Rose Fenny — and received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations for her performance — will fly into the Broadway production of Wicked May 28.
As previously announced, the cast recording of the 2012 Off-Broadway production of Dogfight was released digitially by Ghostlight Records April 30 and will hit shelves May 21.
Dogfight was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Off-Broadway Musical, Best Score and Best Book in addition to a Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.
Joe Mantello directed the Second Stage Theatre production of the musical (score by Pasek & Paul, book by Peter Duchan) based on the film of the same name. The production had music direction by Bryan Perri and orchestrations by Michael Starobin. The album is produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester.
The summer 2012 cast also featured Annaleigh Ashford, Becca Ayers, Nick Blaemire, Steven Booth, Dierdre Friel, Adam Halpin, F. Michael Haynie, Derek Klena, James Moye and Josh Segarra.
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