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Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The

Utterly charming, lively and genial.

The New York Daily News

A font of fun and friendliness, engagingly rich in regional nostalgia and spiced with delicate bawdry. The country and western score is a delight.

Time

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1930s, 1970s
  • Target Audience: Senior, Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes, Gun Shots, Nudity/Partial Nudity, Strong Language
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo, Medium

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 1978 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics
    Winner! 1978 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music
    Nominee! 1979 Tony Award for Best Musical
    Nominee! 1979 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
    Nominee! 1981 Olivier Award for Best New Musical
This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.

REVIEWS:

Utterly charming, lively and genial.

New York Daily News

Humorous and good natured.

New York Post

A font of fun and friendliness, engagingly rich in regional nostalgia and spiced with delicate bawdry. The country and western score is a delight.

Time
Premiere Production: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas was first presented on Broadway by Universal Pictures, at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City on June 19, 1978. It was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and ran in its original production for 1,580 performances.
  • Casting: 13M, 14F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Local Celebrity Cameo, Ensemble cast, Minority casting, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Color blind casting
  • Casting Notes: Also includes extras
  • Chorus Size: Medium

  • RIO GRANDE BAND
    GIRLS
    COWBOYS
    FARMER
    SHY KID
    MISS WULLA JEAN
    TRAVELING SALESMAN
    SLICK DUDE
    CHOIR
    AMBER
    SHY
    JEWEL
    MONA STANGLEY
    THE GIRLS AT MISS MONA'S - Linda Lou, Dawn, Ginger, Beatrice, Taddy Jo, Ruby Rae, Eloise, Durla
    LEROY SLINEY
    THE DOGETTES
    MELVIN P. THORPE and the MELVIN THORPE SINGERS
    SOUNDMAN
    STAGE MANAGER
    SHERIFF ED EARL DODD
    CAMERAMAN
    SCRUGGS
    MAYOR RUFUS POINDEXTER
    EDSEL MACKEY
    DOATSEY MAE
    TOWNSPEOPLE
    T.V. ANNOUNCER
    ANGELETTE IMOGENE CHARLENE
    ANGELETTES
    T.V. COLORMAN
    SENATOR WINGWOAH
    AGGIES - #21, #71, #11, #1 the Ukrainian Placekicker, #17, #7, #12 (specialty dance), #77
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    REPORTERS - #1, #2, #3
    GOVERNOR and the GOVERNOR'S AIDE
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