The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: One Romp of a Musical
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Runaway Stage Productions continues its 2011 Season with this happy-go-lucky romp centering on the infamous Chicken Ranch. The country western score is delightful and don’t let the title fool you, it is cheerfully inoffensive and will be a frolicking good time.
The historical events leading up the closing of the oldest continually operating brothel in the United States provide the basis for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Based on the book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, the musical focuses on the Chicken Ranch, located outside of LaGrange, Texas, until it was closed in the mid-1970s. Media coverage and religious indignation led to political pressure to permanently close the long-tolerated brothel, which was dubbed the Chicken Ranch after it began accepting chickens as payment for services during the Great Depression.
Miss Mona Stangley, the proprietor of the Chicken Ranch, takes care of her girls while maintaining harmony with local sheriff Ed Earl Dodd and her political clientele, including governors, senators, mayors and victorious football teams. All goes well until television personality Melvin P. Thorpe (played by multiple Elly-award-winning actor and director, Bob Baxter), leads a crusade to close down the ranch. Thorpe’s media coverage and religious indignation spark a political reaction that leads to the brothel’s closure.
The multiple Elly-award-winning Team of producing director Bob Baxter and choreographer Darryl Strohl, team up with musical director Gary Suits and vocal director Deann Golz to stage this heartwarming and entertaining musical along with talented musicians from the RSP resident orchestra.
Rated “PG-13” for content.
About the Ticket Supplier: Runaway Stage Productions
Runaway Stage Productions (RSP) began serving the region’s theatre community in 1997 at the Eagle Theater in Old Sacramento and now performs at the 24th Street Theater at the Sierra 2 Center. It is the only Community Theatre Company in the greater Sacramento Area that is priveleged to have an 18 piece Resident Orchestra dedicated to providing “live” music during performances.
The company stages six Broadway style productions each season, and six original Storybook Children’s Theater shows, which are tailored towards younger audiences yet enjoyable for the whole family.
Past Elly Awards for best overall productions include All Shook Up (2008), Cinderella (Children’s Play – 2008) Chicago (2007), The Wiz (2003), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2000).
Runaway Stage Productions also offers education and enrichment of all audiences through its Youth Musical Theatre Workshops which introduce school age children to the theatrical experience. RSP provides a new learning opportunity through the “Broadway Kids” series, which introduces children between the ages of five to nine to the stage in a fun and nurturing environment.