Kristin Chenoweth-Led THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Coming to Broadway?
As BroadwayWorld reported last week, Rob Ashford just directed a private industry reading of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with an all-star cast, including Broadway favorite Kristen Chenoweth. Now according to her recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the show might go on to have a life on Broadway. She explains: "I think there is financing in place and I think it has to be a decision we can make and I have another show that I'm involved with about Tammy Faye Bakker. It's all about timing."
On the Bakker musical, she continued: "We are waiting on our latest and newest draft. I expect that August 1. It's a very poignant, sad, wonderful story about a woman that we think we know. I don't think Tammy Faye is as guilty [of] the things that her husband may have been guilty of, but I think she might have been guilty of turning a blind eye and in some peoples' minds, that's just as guilty. That's all she wanted to do was do a fun variety television show about God and making people laugh on television. Things went very awry, as you know."
Click here to read the full interview.
Starring in the reading were: 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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