Man's Best Musical
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Peter Sham
Music by Randall Kramer
Additional Script Material by Steven D’Addieco
With a street quality like a modern-day Oliver!, this charming musical follows the adventures of a golden retriever named Bo as he works his way out of a sticky situation. Bo meets cuddly friends and growling enemies along his journey to a heartwarming and happy ending. It’s a Dog’s Life is “doggone” fun for the whole family with great music that will have your audience humming as they walk up the aisle.
It's a Dog's Life follows the adventures of a Golden Retriever named Bo, a loyal domestic. He loves life with his master, Heather, a little girl who shares the same sentiment. However, Bo is the target of a mad mongrel named Spike and his motley pack of mangy misfits. To keep Heather from harm, Bo decides to leave home and run away as far as possible, heading for the big city.
Along the road, he befriends a loveable mutt named Buddie. Together, they have the adventure of a lifetime, meeting such colorful canine characters as Crooner, Rosie and Max. Crooner, a Black Lab, is the coolest dog in town and has a back-up trio of Poodles who come complete with skirts. Rosie is a sultry singing and dancing Irish Setter and Max, a German Shepard, is an old, retired seeing-eye-dog. But, everywhere Bo goes, Spike and his gang doggedly follow and when Spike causes the death of one of Bo's newfound friends, Bo is forced to tell the story of their past.
To keep his friends from danger, Bo ventures out alone to finally confront Spike. Fortunately, Buddie and his friends are not far behind and, after a dogfight of West Side Story proportions—complete with “switchbones”—Spike and his gang are defeated! Bo returns home to Heather, wishing the others find the happiness that Bo has found, which all dogs desire at heart.
Suggested costuming is simple and contemporary. Colors and accessories depict the variety of breeds with the only suggestion of “dog” being a little black make-up on the nose. It’s a Dog’s Life has a street quality, like a modern-day Oliver! The show is perfectly suited for children but contains plenty of humor for adults and will have your audiences humming along to the great music as they leave the theater.