The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
is a musical
with a book by Texas author Larry L. King
and Peter Masterson
and music and lyrics by Carol Hall
. It is based on a story by King that was inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch
in La Grange, Texas
The original Broadway
production was directed by Peter Masterson
and Tommy Tune
by Tune and Thommie Walsh
. It opened on June 19, 1978 at the 46th Street Theatre
and ran for 1,584 performances. The opening night cast included Carlin Glynn
, Henderson Forsythe
, Joan Ellis
, Delores Hall
, and Pamela Blair
. Glynn was replaced by Fannie Flagg
and Anita Morris
later in the run. Alexis Smith
starred as Miss Mona in the National Company
, which toured major cities for more than a year, ending with a seven-month run in Los Angeles
In 1982, Glynn and Hall were cast in what was described as "a return engagement." After nine previews, it opened on May 31 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre
and ran for 63 performances.
A short-lived sequel entitled The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public
was staged on Broadway in 1994.
"The Aggie Song" was performed on the Tony Awards
broadcast, but was heavily censored because of the nature of the lyrics and choreography.
A U.S. National Tour production starring Ann-Margret
opened on February 14, 2001.
It is the late 1970s, a brothel
that has been operating outside of fictional Gilbert, Texas
for more than a century. It is under the proprietorship of... Read More