If a pair of eager-beaver performances and cute overload were enough to make Space Dogs achieve orbit, then this new Off-Broadway musical about canines' ill-starred role in a Cold War throwdown, written by and starring Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, could be categorized as out-of-this-world. But no. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know it takes more, including songs you want to hear again and a narrative with a strong point of view, smarts, and a surprise or two. As is, the show gets tugged...
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Have an out-of-this-world time at the theatre with the world premiere of Space Dogs. The brand-new musical is part of MCC Theater's reopening season, performing in January and February 2022. Space Dogs tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.
Space Dogs is a musical about Laika, a stray dog who was chosen to be the first-ever animal in space, and the Chief Designer, a secret Russian scientist who organized the mission that sent her there. That mission was Sputnik 2, the 1957 space flight that took place amid the Cold War. Russian scientists were hoping to attempt human space travel soon, but they used Laika as a guinea pig first, knowing she wouldn't survive.
Space Dogs tells the heartfelt and ultimately tragic story of the leadup to that fated mission, which includes the political intrigue of the space race, groundbreaking innovation, and the strong friendship that developed between Laika and the Chief Designer.
Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire first presented Space Dogs with MCC Theater in summer 2021. The virtual developmental production used puppets, animation, and guitars to tell the story, in preparation for the full-fledged live performance. Van Hughes and Blaemire also wrote and star in the Space Dogs Off-Broadway premiere.
Though collaborating with each other for the first time, both men have appeared on the New York Theatre scene as composers and actors. Blaemire has performed on and off Broadway and in national tours, and he composed the short-lived Broadway musical Glory Days. Hughes is best known for starring alongside Billie Joe Armstrong in American Idiot on Broadway, but has also performed in multiple other shows and composed the immersive Off-Broadway musical Burn All Night.
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SPACE DOGS tells the heartbreaking, mind-blowing true story of Laika and the Chief Designer — a stray dog and the top secret Russian scientist who sent her to space during the Cold War.
90 Mins (No Intermission)
January 25th, 2022
March 20th, 2022
The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space
Cast and creative
By: Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire
Songs by: Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire
Cast list: Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire