By Adam Hetrick
27 Jun 2014
5th Floor Productions will present the musical, which will run downtown through Aug. 9 at Teatro Circulo and — "befitting its cult following and risqué source material" — will offer both evening performances and late-night shows.
Directed by Nikki DiLoreto, the production will star Mikah Horn as Debbie with Stefanie Miller, Katie Perpall, Nicole Hale, Megan Fleming, Matthew Paul Hill, Michael Gioia, Charlie Stoop, Parker Krug and Chris Rehmann.
Here's how the musical is billed: "The most important theatrical event of the twenty-first century, 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, the captain of her high-school cheerleading team, who 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. She enlists her teammates to form a company called Teen Services and get jobs to raise money, but when they learn that minimum-wage jobs just don't pay enough, they agree to try their hands at 'little favors' performed with enthusiasm by 'good girls.' Based on the film of the same name, but without any actual sex or nudity."
Debbie Does Dallas is conceived by Susan L. Schwartz, adapted by Erica Schmidt and features music by Andrew Sherman with additional music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Jonathan Callicutt. It was produced Off-Broadway by the Araca Group in 2002 at the Jane Street Theatre.
5th Floor is a not-for-profit company offering "opportunities in the theatre arts through a network of young professionals offering a full spectrum of project participation both on stage and behind the scenes." Past productions include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Assassins and Urinetown.
Teatre Circulo is located at 64 E. 4th Street. Tickets will be $20 general admission and go on sale July 7. For more information, visit 5thFloor.org.