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Published on February 7th, 2022 | by University of Mississippi


Canine Crime Fighter Coming to Ford Center in “Dog Man: The Musical”

Hilarious hijinks promise family-friendly entertainment for February 12 matinee

Can a dog-headed policeman break into song and dance, chew on a couch and catch the world’s most evil cloned cat, all before lunch?

These and other questions will be answered when Dog Man: The Musical takes center stage Saturday February 12 in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi. The matinee performance begins at 10:30 am.

“This is the world of Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of such best-selling graphic novels for children as ‘Captain Underpants,'” said Kate Meacham, Ford Center director of marketing. “This hilarious and heartwarming new production will keep young audiences giggling for nearly 90 minutes.”

Based on the worldwide bestselling Dog Man hit series, the show’s premise is that it is actually the work of fifth-grade boys. Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in fifth grade, they figure it’s time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character: Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man and all hero.

With the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, Dog Man loves to fight crime – and chew on the furniture. While the hero is trying his best to be a good boy, Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings try to take over the city.

As the semi-canine crusader combats the felonious fish man, Petey, the world’s most evil cat, has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder. All this happens as George and Harold attempt to finish their show before lunchtime.

The show was written by Kevin Del Aguila and Brad Alexander, who collaborated on the Emmy-winning series Peg + Cat on PBS, TheaterWorksUSA‘s Click, Clack, Moo, and the upcoming Clifford the Big Red Dog on PBS and Amazon. Jen Wineman directs and choreographs.

It stacks up as an epic musical adventure promising fun-filled, family-friendly entertainment for all ages.

University policy requires all individuals to wear masks in indoor public spaces, including the Ford Center.

Tickets can be purchased through the UM Box Office, and a promotional video is available here.

By Edwin B. Smith

Petey, the world’s most evil cat, plots his revenge against Dog Man in ‘Dog Man: The Musical.” Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Half-canine and half-policeman Dog Man (center) works to save the world from an evil cat and a cyborg fish in ‘Dog Man: The Musical,’ coming to the Ford Center for a matinee performance on Feb. 12. Photo by Jeremy Daniel
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The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, is Mississippi’s flagship university. A member of the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, Ole Miss has a long history of producing leaders in public service, business, academics and the professions. Its 16 academic divisions include a major medical school; nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy; and an Honors College acclaimed for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s most beautiful, Ole Miss's main campus is in Oxford, which is routinely recognized as one of the nation's best college towns.

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