New musical about adopting pets to wag tails and win hearts in Hollywood – NBC Los Angeles

What there is to know

  • “The Great Homecoming” Will Include a Reading, Adoptable Dogs, Prizes, and More
  • Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11 at the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood; pet adoptions begin at 3 p.m. each day
  • $27 to $40 per ticket

Spying on a furry sweetheart on a big stage isn’t too uncommon, not if you love and frequent musical productions, especially shows that boast a canine cameo or two.

Sandy, the sweet scene-stealer in “Annie”, comes to mind, and Toto too, whenever “The Wizard of Oz” appears on a stage set. (It can hardly be a faithful adaptation of the whimsical story without the brave presence of Toto.)

But finding a moving theatrical event inspired by pet adoption, with multiple adoptable dogs on site?

Talk about reaching our handkerchiefs before the curtain barely rises.

Better dab wet eyes, though, and look towards the Montalbán Theater, where “The Great Homecoming” will take place, with heaps of puppy pathos in tender tow, on September 10-11, 2022.

Dubbed “Los Angeles’ first musical pet adoption event,” the event will feature daytime dog adoptions and a “concert-style live reading” of “Pup! A Chew Story.” nightly.

“A true friendship is put to the ultimate test” in the tail, uh, tale, “…when two companions – a reckless three-legged pit bull and his risk-averse chew toy – embark on a quest for glory dangerously weird in Hollywood” is the intriguing premise.

Marcus Terrell Smith wrote the book and lyrics for “Pup! A Chew Story” and Robin Schäfer created the music.

Adoption events will start well before curtain time on Saturday and Sunday, with other dog-centric events as the day heads into the evening, with an opening night mixer on September 10 , the presentation of “Pup! A Chew Story” and awards.

Fifteen percent of ticket sales will be donated to animal rescues.

Your own pup should stay comfortably at home if you plan to watch the show, as dogs will not be allowed in the theater (look for the adoption event which will take place around the venue’s mezzanine).

Absolutely skip and jump for a ticket? There’s no need to bark or fuss; they are available for purchase now. Consider it a wonderful way to celebrate National Dog Day, August 26.

Want to communicate with a dog that needs a home as soon as possible? You can help NBC4 and Telemundo 52 clear shelters in August.

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