THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Kicks Off Signature Theatre's 2012-13 Season Tonight, 8/14

Yee-haw! It's time to start two-steppin' and boot-scootin' in the aisles, as Signature Theatre kicks off its 2012/13 season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, beginning performances tonight, August 14.

Directed by Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies and Hairspray at Signature), the production stars Helen Hayes Award-winner Sherri L. Edelen as the legendary Miss Mona Stangley, proprietor of the infamous brothel known as The Chicken Ranch. DC favorites Christopher Bloch (Melvin P. Thorpe), Thomas Simpson (Sheriff Earl Dodd), Erin Driscoll (Angel), and Nova Y. Payton (Jewel) headline the impressive cast of twenty-four.

The town of Gilbert, Texas will also be inhabited by Tracy Lynn Olivera, Madeline Botteri, Matt Conner, Dan Manning, Amy McWilliams, Stephen F. Schmidt, Jamie Eacker, Tamara Young, Maria Rizzo, Nora Palka, Nadia Harika, and Brianne Camp. Rounding out the cast, are the Aggie boys played by Stephen Gregory Smith, Gannon O'Brien,Vincent Kempski, Davis Hasty, Benjamin Horen,David Jennings, and Jay Adriel.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas plays at Signature's MAX Theatre from tonight, August 14, 2012, through October 7, 2012. Single tickets to the public go on sale July 20th.

"It's no coincidence that Signature is opening its season with this musical gem in the middle of an election year," said Eric Schaeffer. "On top of being wildly funny and very entertaining, the musical addresses such vital ideas as censorship, moral hypocrisy, and media sensationalism. It is very clear that 'Whorehouse' is as relevant today as it was in 1978 – and we've rounded up an amazing cast to bring this famous Texan tale to the Signature stage."

Inspired by real-life events, the political satire features music and lyrics by Carol Hall, and a book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson. The production, recounting the good times and demise of America's most famous brothel, features an award-winning creative team including Karma Camp (choreographer), Collin Ranney (set designer), Kathleen Geldard (costume designer), Colin K. Bills (lighting designer), and Matt Rowe (sound designer). Gabriel Mangiante is the music director, and will be conducting the country band in the MAX Theatre.

It is the late 1970's – and Miss Mona's pleasant little brothel has been in business and known throughout the great state of Texas for more than a century. When crusading television watchdog Melvin P. Thorpe ogles the whorehouse as his next moral target, Miss Mona, her lovely bevy of girls and Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd must buck the muckraker to keep the ranch open. The musical, winner of two Tony Awards®, features a lively score that includes "Twenty Fans," "Girl, You're A Woman," "Hard Candy Christmas," and the new musical number "A Friend to Me."




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