The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

by  Peter Masterson, Larry L. King, Carol Hall

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  13m, 14f

"Utterly charming, lively and genial." - New York Daily News

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m, 14f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1978 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Lyrics & Outstanding Music
    Nominee! 1979 Tony® Awards: Best Musical & Best Book of a Musical
    Nominee! 1981 Olivier Award, Best New Musical

Reviews

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-TV

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s, 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The action takes place in the State of Texas.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Country/Western
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

20 Fans
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A Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country
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Girl, You're a Woman
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Texas Has a Whorehouse In It
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Twenty Four Hours of Lovin'
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Doatsy Mae
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The Angelette March
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The Aggie Song
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The Bus From Amarillo
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The Sidestep
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No Lies
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Good Old Girl
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Hard Candy Christmas
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Casting

13m, 14f
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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Cast 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

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

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

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Authors

Peter Masterson

Peter Masterson

Larry L.  King

Larry L. King

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 “Gl ...

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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.

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