The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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August Wilson Theatre (New York, NY)
245 W. 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
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Based on a story by Larry L. King

The saga of the legendary “Chicken Ranch”! “We’re gonna ROMP and STOMP and WHOOP IT UP tonight” at the most famous little “chicken ranch” in Texas. It began in Houston, toured the world and held Vegas at bay for two years, not to mention its remarkable run on Broadway where it earned two Tonys and a slew of Drama Desks. Now The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is back home at TUTS. Join rowdy football boys, a gun-happy sheriff, curvaceous crazy cheer¬leaders and, of course, Miss Mona with her racy girls. It’s “just one small thrill but there’s nothin’ dirty goin’ on!”


STAGE TUBE: On This Day 5/31- THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
by Stage Tube - May 31, 2014

Today in 1982, a return engagement of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for 63 performances. 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. The original Broadway production was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh. It opened on June 19, 1978 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 1,584 performances. (more...)

SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD to Open 6/10 at the Barn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

Shakespeare is in Hollywood? Well, he certainly is in Augusta at the Barn Theatre June 10 - 22! (more...)

Wetumpka Depot Players Presents THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, 7/24
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

Wetumpka Depot Players presents Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall, Based on a story by Larry L. King, Directed by Kristy Meanor Musical Direction by Marilyn Swears (more...)

Avery Sommers to Lead Cabaret Camp at Burt Reynolds Institute, 6/17-7/29
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre (BRIFT) will offer a six week Cabaret Camp beginning June 17 and continuing through July 29. Cabaret Camp, which will be taught by well-known Broadway star and cabaret singer Avery Sommers, will be held at the Lake Park Mirror Ballroom. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Maine (more...)

Bradley Cooper's Acting Coach to Teach Master Class in Perth, 7/14-19
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2014

COMING to Perth this July is Elizabeth Kemp, acting coach to Bradley Cooper - star of The Hangover trilogy, The A-Team and Silver Linings Playbook. (more...)

Susannah Blinkoff to Bring DAUGHTER OF... to the Hollywood Fringe, 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Multi-talented singer/songwriter Susannah Blinkoff will bring her solo show Daughter of ... , directed by Stan Zimmerman, to the Hollywood Fringe Festival for five performances only at Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge beginning June 7 at 9pm. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 5/18/2014
by BWW - May 18, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/18/2014 for Maine (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, 5/17 - Part 2 - IF/THEN's James Snyder & Anthony Rapp Rock, 'BRIDGES' Closes & More
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2014

Yesterday's SIPs come from Broadway's IF/THEN, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, MAMMA MIA!, and more! (more...)

Penguin Rep Theatre Begins Season with THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Penguin Rep Theatre's 2014 season officially begins tonight, May 16, 2013, with The Savannah Disputation, written by Evan Smith and directed by Mark Shanahan. (more...)

Ed Dixon, Christopher Bloch, Erin Driscoll and More to Star in Signature Theatre's CLOAK AND DAGGER World Premiere, 6/12-7/6
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

Virginia's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre closes out its 2013/2014 season with the world premiere musical Cloak and Dagger, directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). From Helen Hayes Award Winner Ed Dixon (Signature's Sunset Boulevard) comes this screwball musical comedy send-up of the 1950s film noir. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Cyndi Lauper Interviews Rosie O'Donnell About the TONYS, the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award, Who She's Rooting For, Rosie's Theatre Kids & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 6, 2014

Two legends came together today with BroadwayWorld.com in honor of this Sunday's Tony Awards. Rosie O'Donnell (while en route to Parker's graduation), who will be receiving the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award and Grammy, Tony, Emmy award-winner Cyndi Lauper chatted by phone (while on tour with Cher) about the Tonys, Rosie's Theatre Kids, her theatrical favorites, and of course about LAST year's big winner - KINKY BOOTS! The Isabelle Stevenson Award is presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. If that doesn't describe Rosie, we don't know what does. O'Donnell will be presented with the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award for her commitment to arts education for New York City's public school children. (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #5 - NINE Vs. DREAMGIRLS
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 4, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on one of the biggest battles for Best Musical with NINE versus DREAMGIRLS. (more...)

White Plains Performing Arts Center to Present PARADE, 8/8-10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Musical Dramatization of the 1913 Trial of Leo Frank - Which Aroused Anti-Semitic Tensions Across the Nation and is Credited with the Creation of the Anti-Defamation League. WHAT: Parade is a musical dramatization of the real-life story of a man falsely accused of murder, brought to emotional and theatrical life by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Alfred Uhry and Tony Award Winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown. In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of a young girl who works in his factory. Already guilty in the eyes of the town, a sensationalist reporter and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience and his Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. (more...)

BWW Interview: 'Philly People Behind the Curtain' Choreographer/Director/Artist Dann Dunn
by Pati Buehler - Jun 30, 2014

If busy people get things done then Dann Dunn would be at the top of many theatrical lists. Dunn's creativity goes far beyond a choreographer. Here's a taste of what this award winning talented dancer/director/performer has been up to. (more...)

TUTS to Stage THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 7/15-20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will continue its annual summer tradition of offering free musical theatre with the unforgettable Texas tale The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, running July 15 - 20 at 8:15 p.m. each night at Miller Outdoor Theatre. (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - Houston!
by David Clarke & Kristina Nungaray - Jun 3, 2014

Living in Houston and covering Houston's illustrious theatre scene thoroughly spoils us. However, we are always more than happy to share the wealth and talk about what is happening all over town. This summer, we are thrilled that Houston's theatre community is embracing women and giving Houston audiences the chance to see a plethora of shows featuring strong female characters and fascinating female leads. (more...)

Tickets to Manatee Players' 2014-15 Season On Sale 7/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

The Manatee Players will once again bring a full season of theatrical magic to the Manatee Performing Arts Center! Individual tickets to all shows will go on sale Wednesday July 2. They can be purchased online at www.manateeplayers.com or by calling the ticket office at 941-748-5875. The season which starts in August will include: (more...)

Jimmy Ferraro's STUDIO THEATRE to Open World Premiere Musical/Comedy, COUPLED
by Jimmy Ferraro - Jun 25, 2014

After a critically acclaimed SOLD-OUT run of the inaugural production of 'CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES', Jimmy Ferraro's STUDIO THEATRE, 5732 Main Street, New Port Richey, FL presents the second production of the Summer Season, the World Premier Musical/Comedy 'COUPLED'. (more...)

Summer Stages: Maine's Theatre Samplings
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 2, 2014

With the snow finally off the ground, birds returning home, and the beaches beckoning, it is once again summertime in Maine. With the major professional companies ending their seasons in late May, Maine's numerous summer theatres soon go into full swing with an exciting lineup of summer theatre. Here are some of the highlights of the 2014 season: (more...)

Davis Gaines Set for Orlando Shakespeare Theater's LES MISERABLES, Begin. 9/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has announced that Broadway star Davis Gaines will be featured in its Fall 2014 production of LES MISERABLES. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 6/19- THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
by Stage Tube - Jun 19, 2014

Today in 1978, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre), where it ran for 1584 performances. 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. The original Broadway production was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Marches Into Its 26th Season with LES MISERABLES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is pleased to present Les Miserables from September 10 - October 12, 2014 in the Margeson Theater. Directed by DJ Salisbury and Musical Director Ken Cliffton, the production will headline Orlando Shakespeare Theater's upcoming 26th Season. Single tickets to Les Miserables are available now by calling (407) 447-1700, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: Signature Theatre's CLOAK AND DAGGER Production Photos
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Virginia's Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre closes out its 2013/2014 season with the world premiere musical Cloak and Dagger, directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). From Helen Hayes Award Winner Ed Dixon (Signature's Sunset Boulevard) comes this screwball musical comedy send-up of the 1950s film noir. (more...)

Barn Theatre's THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS to Open 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

They say everything is bigger in Texas and it's certainly true of the sassy, spirited musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opening at the Barn Theatre June 24! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 11th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 11, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. It's our annual Regional Summer Musical Theater Guide, featuring the best summer theaters in Illinois, Wisconsin, western Michigan and northern Indiana, plus the Muny in St. Louis! Timber Lake, American Folklore, Mason Street, Wagon Wheel, Little Theatre On The Square and more! (more...)

The Barn Theatre Presents SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD, 6/10-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2014

Shakespeare is in Hollywood? Well, he certainly is in Augusta at the Barn Theatre June 10 - 22! (more...)

SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS to Make UK Debut at the Union Theatre, Aug 15-30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

For the first time, the critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical See Rock City and Other Destinations, will be introduced to the UK for a two-week strictly limited run at the Union Theatre. Previews start on Friday 15 August and press night on Tuesday 19 August at 7.30pm, it was announced today. On sale now. (more...)

BWW Interviews: TUTS Puts the Whore Back in WHOREHOUSE, Takes Out Damn
by Katricia Lang - Jul 9, 2014

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a light-hearded musical based on the notorious Texas born brothel 'Chicken Ranch.' Thanks to a silent agreement between the madam, Miss Mona Stangley, and Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (based on good ol' boy Sheriff Jim Flournoy), things are all quiet on the range. But when flashy, young reporter Melvin P. Thorpe (based on the late, great Houstonite Marvin Zindler) reveals the ranch to the town, sparks fly high in the heart of Texas. (more...)

Michelle DeJean, Kevin Cooney, Michael Tapley & More to Lead TUTS' THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has announced the cast of The Best Little W...house In Texas, playing July 15 - 20 for TUTS' 47th consecutive year of offering free musical theatre at Miller Outdoor Theatre. (more...)

TUTS Announces Cast of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS - Michelle DeJean, Kevin Cooney and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is proud to announce the cast of The Best Little W…house In Texas, playing June 15 - 20 for TUTS' 47th consecutive year of offering free musical theatre at Miller Outdoor Theatre. (more...)

Tim Quartier, Lianne Marie Dobbs & More Join Cast of Orlando Shakespeare Theater's LES MISERABLES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has announced partial casting for LES MISERABLES. (more...)

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG: A TRIBUTE TO SOME GREAT FEMALE LYRICISTS!, 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

For our 48th Kritzerland show we're proud to present a salute to some incredible female lyricists of the musical theatre, mostly Carolyn Leigh, the brilliant lyricist of such Broadway shows as Little Me, Wildcat, Peter Pan and others, as well as such classic pop songs as 'Witchcraft' and 'The Best Is Yet to Come,' as well as other great female lyricists like Lynn Ahrens (Once on this Island, Ragtime, Seussical), Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden), Gretchen Cryer (I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road), Fran Landesman (The Nervous Set, 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most'), Amanda McBroom ('The Rose', Heartbeats) and Carole Bayer Sager (They're Playing Our Song). Kritzerland's Bruce Kimmel has recorded many of the lyricists above and has chosen the usual Kritzerland colorful and eclectic program, a mix of the well- known and the unknown. As always, we've assembled a stellar cast. So, come join us for some amazing songs by some amazing women. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS at TUTS: Bawdy And Big-Hearted
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Jul 18, 2014

BWW Reviews: TUTS' The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas At TUTS (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at TUTS' THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, Now Playing
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will continue its annual summer tradition of offering free musical theatre with the unforgettable Texas tale The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, running through July 20 at 8:15 p.m. each night at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Cast Announced for PARADE at White Plains Performing Arts Center, 8/8-10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

PARADE comes to White Plains Performing Arts Center, August 8 - 10, 2014. (more...)

Wetumpka Depot's THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Opens 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

It was the nicest little...whorehouse you ever saw! Opening July 24, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas comes to life in the Wetumpka Depot's production of this Tony award-winning musical. The energetic musical features over 30 talented River Region singers, dancers and actors. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Michael Tapley and Shay Rodgers Talk TUTS' WHOREHOUSE
by Kristina Nungaray - Jul 15, 2014

Every summer Houston audiences gear up for Theatre Under the Stars' (TUTS) free summer musical at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Top-notch talent and a free price tag make these summer productions an event that is too good to miss. This year, TUTS will be filling the Miller Outdoor Theatre with one whopping Texas treat, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Taking time out of their busy rehearsal schedule cast member Michael Tapley and choreographer Shay Rodgers talked to BWW-Houston to fill us in on why Houston audiences don't want to miss this summer show! (more...)

Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre's Cabaret Camp Showcase with Avery Sommers Now Set for 8/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Donna Carbone, Managing Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre (Institute), announced a date change for the Cabaret Camp Showcase to be presented at the Lake Park Mirror Ballroom, inside the Lake Park Town Hall. "We apologize for the confusion. Coordinating the many details that go into a show can be daunting," she said when explaining why changes had to be made. (more...)

Claybourne Elder & Brynn O'Malley to Lead Signature Theatre's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Signature Theatre is proud to announce the cast of Sunday in the Park with George, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning musical (more...)

Wetumpka Depot Presents THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE, 7/24-26 & 8/1-2, 7-9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

It was the nicest little…whorehouse you ever saw! Opening July 24, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas comes to life in the Wetumpka Depot's production of this Tony award-winning musical. The energetic musical features over 30 talented River Region singers, dancers and actors. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/8/14 - DOGFIGHT Goes to Europe, Edinburgh Fest Opens, '90s Hits Take the Stage and More!
by Jessica Showers - Aug 8, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: DOGFIGHT makes its European premiere, the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival kicks off in Scotland, Broadway stars join together for FROM MARKY MARK TO MICHAEL at 54 Below and more! (more...)

Kim Zimmer to Star in HELLO, DOLLY! at The Barn Theatre School, 8/19-31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

For the first time in 25 years, The Barn Theatre proudly presents the Tony Award winning musical, HELLO, DOLLY! Kim Zimmer stars as the beloved matchmaker Dolly Levi in this classic Broadway hit! (more...)

BWW Feature: Signature Theatre's 25th Anniversary Open House: 'Signature Surprises' All Season Long!
by Ellen Burns - Aug 8, 2014

'We're opening doors, singing 'Here we are'!' So sing the three fast friends of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and that was the message of Washington-area (and Sondheim specialist) Signature Theatre to the overflowing crowd of thousands last weekend at their Open House celebrating the 25th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Breaking: Brand-New Production of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Coming to Broadway; Rob Ashford to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

Those foot-stopping aggies, those friendly ladies of the night (and day), Miss Mona, Sherriff Ed Earl Dodd, the side-stepping Governor, and master media manipulator Melvin P. Thorpe will populate Broadway in the brand-new production of the Larry L. King - Pete Masterson - Carol Hall musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. (more...)

Stephen Lee Anderson, Stephen Bogardus, Patti Cohenour and More to Lead Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe; Walter Bobbie Directs!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will run September 13 - November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 13 - September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets go on sale on Friday, August 8 at noon. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Is Innocent Dirty Fun at Broadway Rose
by Patrick Brassell - Aug 4, 2014

Whorehouse, for all of its naughty language and scantily clad cast members, is actually one of the most innocent shows around. (more...)

BWW Reviews: August's KRITZERLAND at Sterling's Upstairs Celebrates Some Great Female Lyricists
by Shari Barrett - Aug 4, 2014

On the first Sunday of each month, Bruce Kimmel hosts the KRITZERLAND show at Sterling's at The Federal in the heart of the NoHo Arts District. The evening starts with a variety of dinner selections, full bar service, and lots of time to mingle and chat with old and new friends. Starting at 7pm, each revue has its own theme, with a variety of performers taking to the stage to entertain the enthusiastic crowd who loves show tunes. The 48th KRITZERLAND show on 8-3-14 presented a salute to some incredible female lyricists of the musical theatre (more...)

SIDE SHOW's Josh Walker Pens and Stars in Workshop of New Musical About Toulouse Lautrec, 8/29-31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Josh Walker, a cast member of the upcoming Broadway revival of Side Show and its recent Kennedy Center staging, has written a new musical about Post-Impressionistic French painter Henri de Toulouse Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge. Toulouse: A New Musical has a score composed by Walker, with a book by John David Nelson, and lyrics by both Walker and Nelson. A workshop is currently taking place in Chicago with presentations scheduled for August 29 - 31, 2014. Walker will also play the title role of Toulouse Lautrec. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Gets Lucky
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 15, 2014

Today we are kickin' up our heels for the just announced 2015 Broadway return of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. (more...)

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