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Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical

Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Adapted by: Erica Schmidt, Conceived by Susan L. Schwartz
Music by: Andrew Sherman
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 42
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0822219557
ISBN-13: 9780822219552
Cast Size: 5 female, 3 male

About the Play:

Debbie Does Dallas is a full-length musical comedy adapted for the stage by Erica Schmidt, composed by Andrew Sherman, and conceived by Susan L. Schwartz. Cheekily adapted from its infamous adult film namesake, this Off-Broadway musical is the coming-of-age story of an all-American small-town girl and her unstoppable quest to become a Texas Cowgirls Cheerleader. Tongue planted firmly in cheek, the author sends up the original movie and, to some extent, the whole 1970s porn genre, replacing the sex scenes with catchy songs.

One of the most classic adult films of all time comes to life in this musical adaptation. Debbie Does Dallas is a modern morality tale told as a comic musical of tragic proportions in the language of the rodeo-porno-football circus. The show is the coming-of-age story of an all-American small-town sweetheart named Debbie Benton. Debbie is captain of her high-school cheerleading team, but she dreams of making it to the big time by becoming a Texas Cowgirl Cheerleader. When Debbie receives a letter telling her she has qualified for the professional squad, the only thing that stands between her and the realization of her dream is bus fare to the big city: Dallas. Debbie enlists her teammates, Lisa, Roberta, Donna and Tammy, to get full-time jobs after school and on weekends to help pay for her trip to Dallas. The girls form a company called Teen Services and get jobs, but they quickly realize minimum-wage jobs just don't pay enough. Luckily, Debbie's boss, Mr. Greenfelt, has an idea how the girls can raise enough money in time. Debbie tells the girls about Mr. Greenfelt's idea, and they all agree to try their hands at "little favors" performed with enthusiasm by "good girls." The girls "work hard for the money" and through sex, sweat and tears, they manage to raise enough money for Debbie to realize her dream and make it all the way to Dallas.

Debbie Does Dallas was first performed in 2001 at the New York Fringe Festival, and transferred to Off-Broadway in 2002 at the Jane Street Theatre in Greenwich Village. The production fared favourably with reviewers who said the off-colour, satiric comedy was a guilty pleasure. It became a cult hit, and has since been performed around the world.

Cast: 5 female, 3 male

What people say:

"A scream! A saucy, tongue-in-cheek romp." — The New Yorker

"Hilarious! Debbie Does Dallas manages to have it all: beauty, brains and a great sense of humor! The cast is great." — Time Out NY

"Shamelessly silly, shrewdly self-aware and proud of being naughty. Great fun!" — The New York Times

"Racy and raucous, a lighthearted, fast-paced thoroughly engaging and hilarious send-up." — New York Daily News

About the Playwright:

Erica Schmidt is an American theatre director. She adapted for the stage and directed the original production of Debbie Does Dallas. She lives in Manhattan.