Debbie Does Dallas – the Musical
  • By Pete Shaw
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  • 12th Aug 2007
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  • ★★★★★

Based on the famous 1970's porn flick of the same name (but with less sex and more satire), small-town girl Debbie Benton dreams of making it as a cheerleader (and marine biologist) in the big city, but the only way she can get there is for her and her girlfriends to raise some money by offering sexual favours to their employers.

Debbie parodies the film beautifully, although you don't have to have seen it to recognise the clichés. It was first seen in 2002 on the New York Fringe, created by Susan L. Schwartz, with musical numbers replacing the sex scenes.

The comedy is sharp and delivered perfectly by the talented cast. These guys know their timing, clearly aided also by excellent direction. It's also worth making special mention of the choreography, as the dance routines are more high-octane than a workout video.

This British premiere of Debbie is incredibly slick. It's laced with sexual innuendo and double entendre, set to wickedly funny bubble-gum songs that the cast deliver with great energy. Surely a West End production is on the cards?

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The Blurb

From mob-funded porn flick to glitzy musical. A British Premiere at the Fringe.