The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
BestWhorehouse.jpg
Original cast album
MusicCarol Hall
LyricsCarol Hall
BookLarry L. King
Peter Masterson
BasisStory by Larry King
Productions1978 Broadway
1980 U.S. Tour
1982 Broadway
2001 U.S. Tour
 
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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
BestWhorehouse.jpg
Original cast album
MusicCarol Hall
LyricsCarol Hall
BookLarry L. King
Peter Masterson
BasisStory by Larry King
Productions1978 Broadway
1980 U.S. Tour
1982 Broadway
2001 U.S. Tour

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a musical with a book by Texas author Larry L. King and Peter Masterson and music and lyrics by Carol Hall. It is based on a story by King that was inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas.

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Production history

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on June 19, 1978 and ran for 1,584 performances. The production was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh. The opening cast included Carlin Glynn, Henderson Forsythe, Joan Ellis, Delores Hall, and Pamela Blair. Glynn was replaced by Fannie Flagg and Anita Morris later in the run. Alexis Smith starred as Miss Mona in the National Company, which toured major cities for more than a year, ending with a seven-month run in Los Angeles.

In what was described as "a return engagement" the show opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on May 31, 1982 and closed on July 24, 1982 After nine previews and 63 performances. The cast featured Glynn and Hall.[1]

The West End theatre production opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on February 26, 1981, again starring Glynn and Forsythe. It ran for 204 performances.[2]

A short-lived sequel entitled The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public was staged on Broadway in 1994.

"The Aggie Song" was performed on the Tony Awards broadcast, but was heavily censored because of the nature of the lyrics and choreography.

A U.S. National Tour starring Ann-Margret opened on February 14, 2001.[3]

Synopsis

It is the late 1970s, a brothel that has been operating outside of fictional Gilbert, Texas (subbing for real locale La Grange) for more than a century. It is under the proprietorship of Miss Mona Stangley, having been left to her by the original owner. While taking care of her girls, she is also on good terms with the local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd. When crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe (based on real-life Houston news personality Marvin Zindler) decides to make the illegal activity an issue, political ramifications cause the place to be closed down.

Song list

Act I
  • Prologue
  • 20 Fans
  • A Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place
  • Girl, You're a Woman
  • Watch Dog Theme
  • Texas Has a Whorehouse in It
  • Twenty Four Hours of Lovin'
  • Watch Dog Theme (Reprise)
  • Texas Has a Whorehouse in It (Reprise)
  • Doatsy Mae
  • Angelette March
  • The Aggie Song
Act II

Awards and nominations

Original Broadway production

YearAwardCategoryNomineeResult
1979Tony AwardBest MusicalNominated
Best Book of a MusicalLarry L. King and Peter MastersonNominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a MusicalHenderson ForsytheWon
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a MusicalCarlin GlynnWon
Joan EllisNominated
Best Direction of a MusicalPeter Masterson and Tommy TuneNominated
Best ChoreographyTommy Tune and Thommie WalshNominated
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding MusicalNominated
Outstanding Actor in a MusicalHenderson ForsytheNominated
Outstanding Actress in a MusicalCarlin GlynnNominated
Outstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalPamela BlairNominated
Outstanding Director of a MusicalPeter Masterson and Tommy TuneWon
Outstanding ChoreographyTommy Tune and Thommie WalshNominated
Outstanding LyricsCarol HallWon
Outstanding MusicWon
Theatre World AwardCarlin GlynnWon

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Bibliography

Discography

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