Debbie Does Dallas, That Off-Bway Guilty Pleasure, Closes Feb. 15

News   Debbie Does Dallas, That Off-Bway Guilty Pleasure, Closes Feb. 15 The Off-Broadway production of Debbie Does Dallas — based on its infamous adult film namesake — will close Feb. 15. The show will have played 22 previews and 126 performances at the Jane Street Theatre.

Plans are in the works for Debbie to play in other large cities (Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London), but no details are firm as of yet.

The downtown favorite opened Oct. 29, 2002, following previews which began Oct. 8. The production, which got an original cast recording on Sh-K-Boom Records, fared favorably with reviewers who said the off-color, satiric comedy was a guilty pleasure. (The CD is available at www.sh-k boom.com.)

The dimly-lit Jane Street Theatre was given a strip joint feel — with a fully-stocked bar and a set that includes two go-go poles. The production, which lasts approximately 90 minutes (with no intermission), takes major liberties with the film, adding original contemporary music by Andrew Sherman. The adapter-director is Erica Schmidt.

Debbie Does Dallas revolves around the same smalltown girl and her unstoppable quest to become a Dallas cheerleader. With the help of her friends, Debbie starts up a company to raise funds for the trip.

Original star Sherie René Scott as Debbie belted out most of the show's rock-infused songs — by Andrew Sherman, Erica Schmidt, Tom Kitt and Jonathan Callicutt — along with the help of her ensemble cast. The original Off-Broadway cast included Mary Catherine Garrison, Caitlin Miller, Tricia Paoluccio, Jama Williamson, Del Pentecost, Paul Fitzgerald and Jon Patrick Walker. Tom Kitt acted as musical supervisor. The artistic team featured Jennifer Cody (choreography), Juman Malouf (costumes), Christine Jones (sets), Shelly Sabel (lighting) and Laura Grace Brown (sound).

The Off-Broadway production is produced (in special arrangement with VCX Limited) by The Araca Group (Urinetown, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune), Jam Theatricals and Waxman-Williams Entertainment.

The Jane Street is located at 113 Jane Street (between the West Side Highway and Washington St.).

For more information, visit the show's website — complete with pulsating music, a cowboy themed cast page and yes, bananas — at www.debbiedoesdallas-live.com.