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Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The

Carol Hall, Larry L. King, Peter Masterson

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

13m, 14f

ISBN: 9780573681110

Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall
Based on a story by Larry L. King
"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

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1970s, 1930s

Settings Of Play - The action takes place in the State of Texas.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway, From West End

Winner! 1978 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Lyrics
Winner! 1978 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Music
Nominee! 1979 Tony Award, Best Musical
Nominee! 1979 Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical
Nominee! 1981 Olivier Award, 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

"Best Broadway musical of the season."-WABC TV7


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.

Characters

CASTING

13m, 14f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

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
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Medium

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway, Country/Western

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

1 Piano/Conductor Score
30 Vocal Chorus Books

Reed (Tenor Saxophone, Piccolo)
Trumpet
Trombone
Drums
Guitar I (Pedal Steel)
Guitar II (Rhythm)
Violin (doubles on Viola)
Bass
Song Samples

20 Fans

A Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country

Girl, You're a Woman

Texas Has a Whorehouse In It

Twenty Four Hours of Lovin'

Doatsy Mae

The Angelette March

The Aggie Song

The Bus From Amarillo

The Sidestep

No Lies

Good Old Girl

Hard Candy Christmas

Author(s)
Carol Hall

Carol Hall

Carol Hall wrote both music and lyrics for the TONY-winning The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and contributed to Sesame Street, A...My Name is Alice, and the landmark children’s classic Free to Be You and Me. For that project, she wrote both music and lyrics for “It’s All Right To Cry,” “Parents Are People,” and “Glad To Have A Friend Like You.” She also wrote the Off-Broadway musical To Whom ... view full profile

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Reviews
Brenda Lyttle 5/13/2014 9:24 AM
I am directing this show this fall in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  It has great women's roles and fun dancing.  The politician role will be popular, too.  The show is not too long, which helps as well.
Rebbecca Hentges 10/3/2013 12:05 PM

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