Review On Mutt House

Tin Pan L.A.

Registered Critic

Singing and dancing canines are taking stage at the Kirk Douglass Theatre this month in the original musical Mutt House. This world premiere musical about dogs is created and written by Tony Cookson with music and lyrics by John Daniel, Tony Cookson, Robb Curtis Brown, and David O. The show features 18 original songs and a cast of ten (four human characters and six dog characters). The idea of people dressed like dogs (although tastefully done here) singing and dancing is problematic because taking these characters seriously requires a combination of compelling writing and stellar acting; and in the case of Mutt House these two elements are widely unbalanced favoring the acting.

Ryan Luévano is a professional music director, composer, musicologist and music educator. Ryan is an experienced music director and conductor for musical theater, opera, film and concert music. Past productions include: Experience Magic!, Annie, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Chess, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, and Funny Girl. Additionally, he works as a professor of music at Woodbury University and Santa Ana College. When he’s not producing shows he pens as a theater critic for his blog Tin Pan L.A. where you can read all about the L.A. theater scene.