'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' Sets Broadway Return in 2015
Looks like it’s time for a little twang on Broadway.
With a book by Larry L. King and Pete Masterson, and music and lyrics by Carol Hall, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is set to open in 2015 in a new production directed and choreographed by Tony, Emmy and Olivier winner Rob Ashford. The revival marks the first on Broadway. An opening date and a theater have yet to be announced.
The show follows Miss Mona Stangley, the proprietor of the notorious Chicken Ranch, the best brothel in Texas. While Miss Mona is friendly with sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, she finds herself under scrutiny, when television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe makes an issue out of the brothel’s evening activities.
The show first opened on Off-Broadway at the Entermedia Theater on April 17, 1978, and it moved to the 46th Street Theatre, now the Richard Rodgers Theatre, on June 19, 1978. It ran for 1,584 performances and was nominated for eight Tonys, including for best musical, in 1979. A film adaptation followed in 1982, starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. The sequel, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, was short-lived on Broadway, lasting only 16 performances in 1994.
Ashford was last represented on Broadway as director-choreographer by the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and the 2010 revival of Promises, Promises, starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth. He has won Tonys for his choreography of Cry-Baby in 2008 and Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002.
Jerry Frankel and Jeffrey Richards will produce the new Broadway production. Frankel and Richards produced All the Way, Bridges of Madison County, Lady Day at Emerson Bar & Grill, The Glass Menagerie and The Realistic Joneses on Broadway in the 2013-2014 season. They are also the lead producers for the upcoming Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It With You. Richards served as the press representative on the original Broadway production of Whorehouse.