Norma Doesmen, with Tommy Femia, Opens Off-Broadway March 8

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Norma Doesmen, a parody of "Sunset Boulevard," officially opens at Off-Broadway's Abingdon Theatre March 8 following previews that began March 4.
Tommy Femia as Norma
Tommy Femia as Norma Photo by Milton Perry

Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the comedy stars actor-performer-impersonator Tommy Femia as Norma. The cast also features Bryan R. Caine, Christina Giordano and Ken Shepard. "Set in a run-down chateau of an alcazar on Sunset Boulevard," Norma Doesmen, according to press notes, "follows the story an unemployed script-writer 'Joe Dillis' who finds himself on the run from the re-po men and dives into the lap of a reclusive, silent-screen movie star 'Norma Doesmen.' Waiting for her return to filmdom, Norma finds her prey in Dillis, who is manipulated and seduced by this insane, over sexed, psychotically disordered fallen legend. Along with her totally schizophrenic servant 'Max' and Joe's devoted narcoleptic girlfriend, 'Betty ShaveHer,' the comedy ensues as Joe accidentally crosses her path and she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen."

The production has costumes designed by Linda Bee, lighting by Ryan O'Gara, sound by Charles Jarboe with music direction by Bill Jolly and choreography by Jill Kalfin.

Lyons Productions produces. Performances will continue through March 28. Show times are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.

Abingdon Theatre is located at 312 W. 36th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets, priced $45, call (212) 868-4444 or visit

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