Full Length Musical
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
Alcohol, Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity
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.
"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.