“Dog Man the Musical” is a new show by TheaterWorksUSA who have partnered with Broadway Records to create the worldwide bestselling hit series by Dav Pilkey. The show is funny and heartwarming and intended to be enjoyed by children. It chronicles the adventures of Dog Man, who with the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings? Can he catch Petey, the world’s most evil cat, who has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder? And will George and Harold finish their show before lunchtime? Find out in this epic musical adventure featuring the hilarity and heart of beloved characters from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants.
Presented in association with the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation, TWUSA’s Family Summer Theater program was able to accommodate nearly 7,000 free or highly subsidized tickets for schools, camps, youth groups, and active military and veteran families.
Recently actor L.R. Davidson, who played the role of Lil’ Petey, discussed the show.
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you decide to enter the theater industry and why did children’s shows and musicals appeal to you?
L.R. Davidson (LRD): It’s kind of a perfect question because my answer is a combination of the two 🙂 my parents started and ran multiple children’s Theatre Companies across the US, including The Rainbow Theatre Company, and Serendipity Theatre Co. So, to say I was born in the industry might be a stretch, but not much. I was raised in a theater, as well as understanding the importance of arts education and Children’s theatre. My first agent signed me while I was still in utero, and my first “performance” was at six weeks old for David Bowie’s music video, ” day out, day in “.
MM: Why did you get involved with the “Dog Man” show and how did you prepare for the role that you played in it?
LRD: I was fortunate enough to become involved with Dogman after auditioning for it. To prepare for my role, I did my research and read the entire DOGMAN book series so that I would have a better understanding of li’l Petey as a character.
MM: What’s your favorite part of the show and why?
LRD: That’s actually a difficult question! The entire show is so much fun to perform, but if you were twisting my arm for an answer, I would say the robo-dance party, because I really love getting to wear 80HD, and dance. Plus, the audience tends to get very vocal, clap and join as well.
MM: What’s the most memorable story you have from your time on the set?
LRD: There are so many magical and memorable times from DOGMAN, but I would say The most memorable thing for me is the friendships I made with my fellow cast mates. We’ve all become so close, and all because of Dav Pilkey and the world of DOGMAN.
MM: What are your ultimate career goals?
LRD: Being a performer can be tough career, so for me, my ultimate career goal is longevity. As long as I can continue working, performing and sharing with audiences- young & old- I’ll be happy.
MM: What projects are coming up for you soon?
LRD: I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a few workshops of new musicals, and am waiting to see what will happen next with DOGMAN THE MUSICAL.
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Meagan J. Meehan is a published author, poet, cartoonist, and produced playwright. She pens columns for the Great South Bay Magazine, Blasting News, and Entertainment Vine. She is also a stop-motion animator and an award-winning abstract artist. Meagan holds a BA in English Literature and a MA in Communication. She is also an animal advocate and a fledging toy and game designer.
Meagan is a contributing editor to Kidskintha writing on Toys, Games, Entertainment, and other topics that are happy and fun!