Debbie does Dallas: The Musical

Featuring the talents of Stephanie Cordell, Kristen Husby, Joanna Jahn, Brian Kelly, Carson Lee, Courtney Miner, Toni Trussoni, David Tufford and John Trones.

Playing September 30th - October 22nd, 2005 at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 W. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN Tickets available by calling 612-381-1110, or buy online at www.fiftyfootpenguin.org

Don't miss the Midwest Premiere of 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 style of 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.

Presented by Fifty Foot Penguin Theatre

Adapted by Erica Schmidt, Music by Andrew Sherman, conceived by Susan L. Schwartz

Directed by Zach Curtis

Choreography by Jim Lichtscheidl

Music Direction by John Trones

What the critics are saying.

"For cheap, raunchy laughs and satire that occasionally stings so good, "Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical" puts the ball in the end zone. "Debbie" is in its Twin Cities premiere with a spirited production by Fifty Foot Penguin Theater. Director Zach Curtis and his cast give it their best game.I'm not sure which cheerleading squads writers Susan Schwartz and Erica Schmidt were kicked off in their youth, but they still have a deliciously cynical axe to grind...Musically, "The Dildo Rag" is a hysterical song-and-dance about self-gratification." Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

"A welcome sight and sound for theatergoers who have suffered through an endless parade of bad movies made into even-worse musicals, Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical! takes a journey into previously uncharted territory: soft-core porn.Give credit as well to the nine performer cast, led by Kristen Husby as Debbie and Joanna Jahn as Lisa, who are willing to do just about anything on stage to get a laugh. This is most clear in the near show-stopping "The Dildo Rag," which ... ah, I'll just leave it to your imagination.In the end, Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical! doesn't need memorable songs to make a fun evening. Instead, it relies on its active cast and fresh take on a tired genre. It's even kind of heartwarming, in a "is that the only dream you possibly could have?" kind of way." Ed Huyck, TalkinBroadway.com