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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  14f, 13m

Peter Masterson, Carol Hall, Larry L. King

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." - New York Daily News

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    14f, 13m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • 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
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Summary
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.
History
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 1,58
Cast Attributes
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Room for Extras
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
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
  • Time Period 1930s
  • Setting The action takes place in the State of Texas.
  • Features Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

"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

Music

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
1 Piano-Conductor Score
30 Vocal Books

Reed (Tenor Saxophone, Piccolo)
Trumpet
Trombone
Drums
Guitar I (Pedal Steel)
Guitar II (Rhythm)
Violin (Doubles on Viola)
Bass
  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway, Country/Western
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeMedium

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1 Piano-Conductor
30 Vocal Books

Reed
Trumpet
Trombone
Drums
Guitar I
Guitar II
Violin
Bass

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30 Vocal Books

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Authors

Author

Peter Masterson

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 ...
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Author

Larry L. King

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