Adult Film-Turned-Musical Debbie Does Dallas May Return to Film

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The Off-Broadway musical staging of Debbie Does Dallas — based on its infamous adult film namesake — may soon be turned back into a film.

The Araca Group, which produced the musicalization with Jam Theatricals and Waxman-Williams Entertainment, is currently exploring the idea of making the stageshow into a film.

Debbie Does Dallas opened Oct. 29, 2002 at the Jane Street Theatre — following previews which began Oct. 8 —  and closed Feb. 15, 2003. The downtown show, 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

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 adapter-director Erica Schmidt took major liberties with the film, interpolating original contemporary music by Andrew Sherman.

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. An Araca representative noted the screen adaptation is still in the idea phase. The work-in-development has no studio, director or cast attached. Araca is reportedly also working on a movie version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Urinetown.

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