Friends Always Creating Theatre presents this new family musical inspired by the true story of Stubby, the most decorated dog of World War I. More…
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.
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
See it if You like a captivating simple story with great music, easy lyrics, and delightful dancing. Pure positive feel good musical theater. FUN!!!
Don't see it if You are a curmudgeon that hate fun cute shows or if you prefer modern shows that use profanity, mumble jumble lyrics, & techno effects.
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