New Musical at Pierson Playhouse

These three dogs were judged most photogenic in a contest held in July. Their faces are featured on the BARK! poster. (Left to right) Diego, with owner Mary Kate McGeehan; Lucy, with owners Jennifer and Kevin Sabin, Pacific Palisades; and Kiwi, with owner Karen Koons.
(Photo by Carin Krasner,

“BARK! The Musical” Opens Friday

Theatre Palisades production of “BARK! The Musical” opens Friday, August 31, and runs on weekends through October 7 with performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The musical centers around six dogs in Deena’s Doggie Daycare, including a puppy who yearns to bark like a real dog, an opera singing poodle and a street mutt who raps.

BARK! had its world premiere in Los Angeles in 2004 and received rave reviews, including a Critic’s Choice from the Los Angeles Times. The show, with music by composer David Troy Francis and lyrics by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, Mark Winkler and Robert Schlock, with additional lyrics by Jonathan Heath and Danny Lukic, ran for two years. The book is by Mark Winkler and Gavin Geoffrey Dillard.

The Palisades cast includes Greg Abbott (King); Elena Coleman (Boo); Ben Fuligni (Rocks); Julie Hinton (Chanel), Peter Miller (Sam) and Marina Curtis Tidwell (Golde).

The Theatre Palisades production, produced by Gavin MacLeod and Arnie Wishnick, with Ria Erlich and Sylvia Grieb, promises a fun evening. Everything is done from a canine’s perspective.

Former Pacific Palisades honorary mayor Gavin MacLeod returned to the Palisades to co-produce BARK!


Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students. Call: (310) 454-1970 or visit: Pierson Playhouse is located at 941 Temescal Canyon Rd.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Arnie Wishnick is a co-producer for BARK!

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