Dollface: A New Musical Comedy
August 20, 2010, New York City
By Pamela & Charles Horner
evening August 20, it was indeed our pleasure to attend one of the showings
of “Dollface,” the new musical comedy playing at the Theater for the New
City (155 First Avenue, New York City). “Dollface” is created by B. J.
Sebring with lyrics by David Forman and music by David Forman and Rob
Hyman. Our friend David Forman is, of course, otherwise known as the singer
rollicking musical romp is set in Queens in December 1956. The plot
involves a fake robbery and insurance scam that goes awry. Linda Shell is
delightful in the staring role of Dolores “Dollface” Zuckerman, a frustrated
TV comedienne wannabe whose real ambition is to be married. David Forman is
hilariously brilliant playing J. B. Shively, the unscrupulous manager of the
Club Rub a Dub Dub.
hysterical 1950’s flavored tunes show the unique lyrical wit of David
Forman. The selection of Hal Keshner as musical director was fortunate, as
Hal is right at home with 1950’s music. Though not specifically a doo wop
musical, fans of vocal harmony will love, among other songs, the David
Forman-led “Bad Last Night” which is reminiscent of Little Isidore’s version
of “All Night Long.” As typical of Off Off Broadway shows, scenery is
minimal but the costumes are very appealing.
gotten used to seeing David Forman (“Little Isidore”) and Linda Shell
(“Kitten Kaboodle”) as members of the Inquisitors but this show clearly
demonstrates their versatility and other talents.
If you miss
the last showing of “Dollface” on Sunday August 22, 2010, let’s hope this
musical comedy is picked up elsewhere. It’s a winner and we highly
On left: Linda Shell,
Singing "Bad Last Night"
Convicts singing "It
Stinks In Here"
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