Dogs The Musical is a fun, goofy and entertaining musical one that certainly justifies taking the trip into Pawllywood to see.
Dogs the Musical
Written and Directed by mickey bloom
Music Director Matthew Irwin
Music Produced and Arranged by Matt Orenstien.
Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre 5636 Melrose Ave
Run Time 1Hr
Tickets can be purchased at http://hff19.org/5883
DOGS The Musical is a fun, quirky one-hour musical that follows a story of a group of stray pit bulls, Street Barf(Dave Child) Leaky Eye(Bambi Bottoms) and their small but fierce leader Mutt(Alexa Vellanoweth) who are all are all content living free away from the bondage of human ownership. Our furry friend's world is turned upside down when the trio is captured by Animal Control, and they have to face their biggest fear, being adopted by a loving family.
The straw the breaks the camels back and the event that kicks off a global catastrophe is when the alpha of the pack Mutt reveals to his new loving but clueless owner Don(Jonathan Ade) that he and all dogs universally can and always have been able to in fact speak. The events that transpire afterward is a bunch of delightful nonsense, this show is filled with plenty of humor and a ton of charm.
Despite being a very campy self-aware show, I was surprised at the amount of genuine heart that went into this show, anyone who has ever had a pet who they consider a member of their family can relate to and understand the sentiment.
The entire ensemble is terrific, from the tough as nails Street Barf who has a chip on the shoulder(literally) to the sweet meek Leaky Eye who suffers from unrequited love and the hardened leader of the pack, who is scared to love again due to being hurt in the past. This talented group of performers commits so well to their roles and really set the pace for the entire show.
Musically, there is a lot of fun to be had, some really catchy songs you will find yourself humming later, "You Give Me The Zoomies" and Always the Beta, Never The Alpha" were two standouts for myself. Alexa Vellanoweth is a vocal powerhouse and absolutely brings the house down every opportunity she has a chance to sing.
My only criticism is that,I would love to see this expanded into a full two hour musical, as It would have been interesting to see Street Barf and Leaky Eye interact with their adopted families as well.
Overall this fun, fun-filled show is a silly but entertaining musical filled with some real ear-worms and is well worth your time.
I recommend checking it this show out if you have the opportunity.
Hollywood Fringe 2019
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