[by Niki King, PR Specialist]
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly true for CenterStage’s upcoming premier of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, playing Jan. 9-19 in the JCC’s Linker Auditorium.
The show’s rousing numbers and high-energy, whirlwind choreography make for a boot-stomping good time.
“The show will feature a unit set with many fun and colorful costumes. It’ll be a fast paced ride from start to finish and as people leave the theatre we want them to feel like they’ve attended a real Texas hoedown,” said John Leffert, CenterStage’s artistic director.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is based on the true story of the legendary Texas brothel known as the Chicken Ranch. The risqué musical chronicles how the town’s sheriff and regular patron of the brothel fights to keep the historical whorehouse open as a crusading do-gooder television commentator seeks to close its doors.
Based on the book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, the original Broadway production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas debuted in 1978. Directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune, the Broadway show was nominated for seven and won two Tony Awards. In 1982, it was adapted into a major motion picture starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.
A talented and experienced cast has been chosen, including Glenna Godsey as Mona, who toured with an international production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and played Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables; Lauren LeBlanc as Amber, who issued a stand-out performance as Paulette in Legally Blonde; and Rusty Henle who was stunning in A New Brain and Ragtime.
“After A New Brain and Les Miserables, two very heavy shows, I knew we needed to do a comedy and a show you can’t help but have a lot of fun when you attend,” Leffert said. “It is a hilarious script with great character roles. These are some colorful characters and the audience will love them all.”
Tickets for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas are on sale now. Call 502-238-2709 or visit www.CenterStageJCC.org to reserve a seat for this rollicking good time.