The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: One Romp of a Musical
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The last date listed for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas was Saturday July 23, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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.