Dog and Pony

May 28 – June 29, 2014
(Opening Night: Thursday, June 5)
WORLD PREMIERE
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Book by Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker
Directed by Roger Rees

A world premiere musical comedy romance from the award-winning talents behind Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Altar Boyz. Mags and Andy are a screenwriting team with a track record of hits and a professional relationship that’s firing on all cylinders. But when Andy’s marriage hits the rocks, forever single Mags finds she wants something more. Will romance ruin their perfect relationship? A witty and irreverent look at what women want and whether men fit the bill...or don’t.

Dog and Pony is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.



Publicity Photos

Book writer Rick Elice. The World Premiere of Dog and Pony, with book by Elice, music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker and directed by Roger Rees, will run May 28 - June 29, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Composer and lyricist Michael Patrick Walker. The World Premiere of Dog and Pony, with book by Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Walker and directed by Roger Rees, will run May 28 - June 29, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Lloyd Mulvey.
Director Roger Rees. The World Premiere of Dog and Pony, with book by Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker and directed by Rees, will run May 28 - June 29, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Tom Bloom.
   
   
The World Premiere of Dog and Pony, with book by Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker and directed by Roger Rees, will run May 28 - June 29, 2014 at The Old Globe. Illustration courtesy of The Old Globe.
   



Cast and Creative Team

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  Rick Elice (Book) co-wrote Jersey Boys (winner of the 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman. His newest Broadway play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Elice) and won five, more than any play of the season. Peter and the Starcatcher begins a national tour in July 2013 and will soon be a motion picture produced by Walt Disney Studios. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Addams Family with Marshall Brickman and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, which is currently touring North America with productions in Brazil, Sweden and Australia. He is currently working on several new musicals: one for Disney Theatricals based on the film Make Believe; Super Fly, co-written with Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed and choreographed by modern dance legend Bill T. Jones; and another musical based on the life of renowned couturier Valentino. Elice received his M.F.A. from Yale University School of Drama, is a teaching fellow at Harvard University and is a charter member of American Repertory Theater.
  Michael Patrick Walker (Music and Lyrics) is an award-winning composer/lyricist whom The New York Times hailed as “a skilled songwriter” and The Huffington Post dubbed one of today’s “must-know songwriters.” His songs have been performed and recorded by a diverse group of artists including Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara, Cheyenne Jackson, Ana Gasteyer and many more. Walker is perhaps best known as one of the creators of the smash hit musical Altar Boyz (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical), for which he received multiple Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics. His other musicals include the upcoming Being Theo, The Distant Bells (Eugene O’Neill Festival finalist) and a song cycle based on his debut album Out of Context: The Songs of Michael Patrick Walker (Yellow Sound Label). Beyond the world of theater, his songs can be heard on Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-nominated “Johnny and the Sprites” and Nick Jr.’s “Olivia,” and he composed the Rockette dance number “Humbugged!” for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. His recordings include Out of Context (co-producer), the Altar Boyz cast album, the “Johnny and the Sprites” album (co-producer) and several editions of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Carols for a Cure. Walker is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. 
  Roger Rees (Director) previously directed the Globe productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He recently directed the Broadway production of Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher with Alex Timbers (also at New World Stages). He has directed the Off Broadway productions of Lynn Nottage’s Mud, River, Stone (Playwrights Horizons), Arms and the Man (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Here Lies Jenny (The Zipper Factory, Post Street Theatre). From 1984 to 1985, he served asAssociate Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic, where his credits included Julius Caesar, Turkey Time and John Bull. He also served as Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2005 to 2007 where his credits include Film Society, The Rivals, The Taming of the Shrew (playing Petruchio opposite Bebe Neuwirth), Double Double, The Late Middle Classes, Anything Goes and Herringbone (also at McCarter Theatre Center and La Jolla Playhouse). His additional regional credits include Red Memories (New York Stage and Film), The Primrose Path (Guthrie Theater) and Treemonisha, The Juniper Tree, A White House Cantata and The Firebrand of Florence (The Collegiate Chorale).He also directed the episode “Variety” of the HBO series “Oz.”