Kristin Chenoweth, Kevin McKidd, Christopher Sieber, Jennifer Holliday & More Lead THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Reading
BroadwayWorld has just learned that there will be a private industry reading today, June 29, of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, with direction by Rob Ashford.
Starring in the reading are: Kristin Chenoweth (Miss Mona Stangley), Kevin McKidd (Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd), Jennifer Holliday (Jewel), Christopher Sieber (Melvin P. Thorpe), James Naughton (Governor), Kerry Butler (Doatsey Mae), Jim Newman (Band Leader), Helene Yorke (Angel), Madeline Brewer (Shy), Bob Gaynor (Edsel Mackey/Dogette), Greg Hildreth (Mayor Rufus Poindexter/Dogette), Darius Nichols (C.J. Scruggs/Dogette), Ryan Andes (Reporter/Dogette), and Peter Benson (Senator Wingwoah0, with Jared Dixon, Aaron Finley, Anthony Sagaria, Sam Simahk, Alex Michael Stoll, Krystal Joy Brown, Kate Marilley, Morgan Weed, Erica Sweany, Anne Horak, Ashley Park, Anna Eilinsfeld, and Syndee Winters.
The Carol Hall-Larry L. King-Pete Masterson musical was last produced on Broadway in 1978 and it became the longest-running musical ever at the Richard Rodgers (then 46th Street) Theatre, playing 1584 performances. That record will be eclipsed by Hamilton in just a few years. Will Trice and Jeffrey Richards are presenting the reading.
It is the late 1970s, and a brothel has been operating outside of fictional Gilbert, Texas, (subbing for real locale La Grange) for more than a century. It is under the proprietorship of Miss Mona Stangley, having been left to her by the original owner. While taking care of her girls, she is also on good terms with the local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd. When crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe (based on real-life Houston news personality Marvin Zindler) decides to make the illegal activity an issue, political ramifications cause the place to be closed down.
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