Best Little Whorehouse in Texas- Based on a true story

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

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Book by Larry King and Peter Masterson;
Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall
Based on: The life and times of the real “Chicken Ranch”

The best bordello in Texas dated back to 1915, when Jessie Williams purchased an old farmhouse on 12 acres on the border of La Grange, where it existed in harmony with the law and local citizens for nearly 50 years. During the Depression, the girls traded services for farm goods and livestock. So many chickens were received that hen houses were set up for poultry and egg production – hence the name Chicken Ranch.

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In 1960 Edna Milton purchased the property from Miss Jessie’s estate and did a first-class remodeling job. It was under Miss Edna’s direction that the house of prostitution reached its greatest fame.

The Chicken Ranch continued operating successfully until mid-1973. That year, consumer-affairs reporter Marvin Zindler from KTRK-TV in Houston ran a week-long exposé on the ranch. He claimed that his motive was inaction on the part of the Texas Department of Public Safety and local law officers to combat the organized crime and corruption allegedly evident at the ranch. Jim Flournoy, former Texas Ranger and country sheriff since 1946, cited charitable work, saved marriages, and local acceptance and refused to close it. Zindler directed his TV attack on the Governor, who called Sheriff Jim. He in turn placed the call that quietly ended the Chicken Ranch’s 58-year history.

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The original Broadway production was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh. It opened on June 19, 1978 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 1,584 performances. The Madam of the Chicken Ranch, Edna Milton, was even given a non-speaking role in the show. 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.

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Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall

Produced by Michele Bell
Directed by David M. Moretti
Music Direction by John-Michael d’Haviland
Choreographed by Ivan Davila
Stage Managed by Bob Pierce

Texas has a whorehouse in it…and so does Dominion Stage! Come see “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, running on selected dates January 14-29th.

Friday, Jan. 14 @ 8 PM
Saturday, Jan. 15 @ 8 PM
Sunday, Jan. 16 @ 2 PM
Thursday, Jan 20 @ 8 PM
Friday, Jan 21 @ 8 PM
Saturday, Jan. 22 @ 8 PM
Sunday, Jan. 23 @ 2 PM
Friday, Jan. 28 @ 8 PM
Saturday, Jan. 29 @ 8 PM

Performance Location: Gunston Arts Center—2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206

Tickets are only $15 online or at the door! To purchase your tickets now go to: https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?actions=4&p=1

For more information on this show or Dominion Stage, please visit our website: www.dominionstage.org

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