Sgt. Stubby is playing at St. Luke’s Theatre located at 308 West 46th Street. It is performed on Saturday at 8 P. M. and on Sunday at 2 P. M. It runs ninety minutes with no intermission. The musical is open ended
The story is inspired from a true story. The dog fought 17 battles and received a Purple Heart in World War I 1914-1918. Stubby was found wandering around the grounds of Yale University in New Haven Connecticut in July 1917 while members of the 102nd infantry were training. Corporal Conroy develops a fondness for him.
Stubby is hanging out his friends Penelope (Megan Miller) a cocker spaniel. She has a crush on him. The two other dogs are a black and white dog named Marvin (Bryan Ernesto Menjivar) and a brown dog name Ralphie (Patrick Steven Bovo). Stubby tells them he has been training with the 102nd infantry and he is going to fight the war in France. He even learned how to salute.
When the ship leaves port Corporal Conroy (Zac Green) tells Captain Athy (Paul Fraccalvieri) about the dog. The captain is not thrilled but allows the dog to go into battle. The catch is he cannot come back with them, government orders.
Many lives were saved by Stubby. He gets injured. He is cared by Nurse Bartholomew (Taylor Grace Sumner).
Corporal Jefferson (Daniel Joseph Baker) and Corporal Burkholz (Richard Lisenby) also grow attached to the dog.
Meanwhile back at home Stubby has become a hero. Penelope, Marvin and Ralphie chase a paper boy daily to read to them what is happening to Stubby.
After the war is over the Corporals and Captain Athy travel to Paris to meet President Woodrow Wilson. Stubby is promoted to Sargent and is given the Purple Heart along with other metals. But he is not allowed to go back to the United States.
On the ship Captain Athy asks Corporal Conroy if the dog is on the ship. He tells him no. The Captain breaks down in tears saying I hope you’re kidding me. He says yes.
The fanfare was great when Sgt. Stubby returns.
It’s a nice show and worth seeing. Who says you have to have two feet and talk to be a hero.
This an almost bare stage in the center is Sgt. Stubby and a soldier, to the left is the poster of Uncle Sam saying to in list and on the right is a poster of the statue of liberty to raise money for Liberty Bonds. All the way to the left are boxes and a garbage can. The dogs hang out by the boxes.
This is one cast that can really sing. I hate pointing out just one person. They all sing beautifully.
Bryon Ernesto Menjivar has some nice dance moves.
Sgt. Stubby died in 1926.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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