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Sgt. Stubby: The Great American War Dog Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Clever, Refreshing
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5 reviews
Members
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27 reviews
 

Friends Always Creating Theatre presents this new family musical inspired by the true story of Stubby, the most decorated dog of World War I.

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Sergeant Stubby was the only canine to be nominated for rank, and then promoted to sergeant during combat. Stubby served for 18 months and participated in 17 battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American troops came. After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity, leading and marching in many parades across the country. This new musical tells Stubby's epic tale with a human actor in the lead role.

 


Reviews (32)

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Avg Score

40
Times Square Chronicles

"The story is so interesting and appealing, however, the direction is hard to comment on because the show is so over-choreographed. A lot of the cast has been cast for their dancing skills, which are impressive, rather than their singing expertise…The music and the melodies are likable, but the lyrics are so misplaced and plebeian that when you can hear the lyrics you just want to scratch your head…The show feels like you are in a musical being done by a junior high. " Full Review

80
NY Theatre Guide

"A high-energy, action-packed production…It ticks all the boxes for a solid, informative, and entertaining experience…I would have preferred if the cast had microphones, as one loses a lot of the lyrics as the backing tracks sometimes overpowered the singers…But that said, it is a positive, uplifting true story that will appeal to children and keep the parents interested, as well. It’s a beautiful story that brings this historic time to life for a new generation." Full Review

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Theater Life

"The story is a sure-fire crowd pleaser for dog lovers and history buffs, but unfortunately the sound design is a challenge the production fails to rise above. The quality of the pre-recorded music is consistently poor. The likeable cast, apparently chosen for their dancing skills, turn in earnest work, however their performances are broadly one dimensional, and their singing voices are difficult to hear without mics. " Full Review

80
Says Me Says Mom

"An interesting musical...The actors who played the dogs in this show did an admirable job of it. There was a childlike quality to their performances that seemed fitting for dogs. The story was moving in a patriotic way. The songs were very patriotic as well...Older children would enjoy it...Anyone who loves history and/or wants to learn about an interesting chapter in history would probably like it as well." Full Review

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Motherhood Later

"While the story is inspiring and full of heart, the shoestring production, directed by Mr. Dyville, didn’t quite do it for me. The show seemed to be missing some ‘oomph’ and vigor and promoted little thought about the subject and times…The production also felt amateurish at times, with the recorded music drowning out some of the lyrics and a static set that never changed with the scenes. The talented cast, with painted faces, gave it their all. " Full Review

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86
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65
Told a very pleasant true story that i had never heard.

See it if if you enjoy nice stories. It's a lovely show to bring young children to.

Don't see it if you're looking for a sophisticated show for adults.

60
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Fluffy, Kid-friendly

See it if You want a show to take your young children to that may teach them something about a small slice of history.

Don't see it if You want the Broadway experience.

59
Tap dancing actors in dog makeup, soldiers with ace bandages on their legs not sox.

See it if You are a child, or you're an adult who has children with you, or if you are suffering from dementia, or are bringing someone who is..

Don't see it if You can't suspend your belief that Actors are playing dogs, in dreadful makeup, tap dancing, to bad choreography sometimes in the dark.

Also They did their best. This is truly a Children's Theatre production. Th... Read more Read less

48
Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if have nothing better to do.

Don't see it if like real theater

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you love animals or have little ones who do

Don't see it if you hate dogs and history

100
Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy catchy music, a fun cast who clearly have a passion for theatre, and you want to have a great time watching a patriotic story.

Don't see it if you don't like singing and dancing or smiling.

98
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Historical, Patriotic

See it if You like FUN FAMILY FARE!!!

Don't see it if You don't love Dogs especially portrayed by humans who are delightful.

96
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want an evening of catchy tunes, good dancing, a warm story about a dog who served in WW1 and the soldiers who loved him.

Don't see it if You expect all the bells and whistles of a full blown Broadway production. This show is simple, to the point, and without frills.

89
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like historical stories, based on true stories, family shows, dogs, a sweet story about an unknown war hero, or seeing fresh new talent.

Don't see it if you don't like actors portraying dogs, family shows, war stories, or a little silliness.

100
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, True story

See it if You wanna feel good about AMERICA AGAIN.

Don't see it if YOU don't like an actor portraying the real Sgt. STUBBY.

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if If your entire family would enjoy a delightful musical, then this is it! We enjoyed the comraderie between both the dogs AND the soldiers.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musical theater.

Also The acting is sweet and the musical score and choreography is so very ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like war history and a great story. It's great for kids and adults!

Don't see it if You don't like dancing and music.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love animals, great acting, and musicals

Don't see it if can't think of a reason why you wouldn't want to see this play!

90
Delightful, Refreshing, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You want to see a sweet life-affirming musical.

Don't see it if You don't like the idea of singing dogs!

95
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You are looking for a light fun show with good musical numbers, good dancing and great costuming.

Don't see it if You want anything serious.

97
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Historical

See it if You enjoy being entertained while learning...love musicals...LOVE DOGS. Appreciate history that's Heartwarming.

Don't see it if You think History is for Geeks. You do not care for Dogs or actors playing them on stage.

98
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Story line very clever and I liked that you actually get interesting information on the War.

Don't see it if If you demand all the high tech of Broadway...That being said you would lose some of the charm that this production has.

90
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you want to lift your spirits and learn a bit about WWI and the Dough Boys. Entertaining and Informative.

Don't see it if you dislike actors portraying dogs. Although they do well in creating dog behaviors.

100
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you love US history, dogs, musicals, solid choreography, supporting the arts, treating yourself to a fun day/night at the theatre.

Don't see it if you don't have an open mind, you don't like historical pieces...oh, for the love of Pete - just see this show. It's fun and entertaining.

Also Sgt. Stubby was a treat on many levels. My son and I were enlightened ... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want a true NYC experience, you're looking for a show that is great for kids, you enjoy clever dialogue and great choreography.

Don't see it if Your idea of a Broadway show begins with Les Miseeables and ends with Hamilton.

90
Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you would like to see a sunny, entertaining show with wonderful acting, singing, and dancing. It's an excellent family show.

Don't see it if you prefer dark stories or sarcastic humor and you don't like dogs!

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love a great story about a hero and his friends!

Don't see it if You're a cat.

92
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love shows with great choreography, talented acting and an engaging and we'll developed story line.

Don't see it if If you don't like animals played by humans. If you lack imagination.

100
Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to learn about a piece of American history that I guarantee you did not know.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a refreshing original moving piece about an unsung American hero

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During previews
Original, Good acting, Patriotic

See it if you like shows that are really patriotic and you don't mind shows where animals are played by people.

Don't see it if you don't like shows where animals talk and are played by people or shows dealing with war.