Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
68 Main Street
Torrington CT 06790
Book by Larry King and Peter Masterson
Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall
Based on a story by Larry L. King
Director/Choreographer: Donna Bonasera
Assistant Director: Katherine Ray
Music Director: Will Minton
This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.
It is the late 1970s, and a brothel has been operating outside of fictional Gilbertm, Texas (bubbing for real locale La Grange) for more than a century. It is under the proprietorship of Miss Mona Stangley, having been left to her by the original owner. While taking care of her girls, she is also on good terms with the local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd. When crusading televion reporter Melvin P. Thorpe (based on real-life Houston news personality Marvin Zindler) decides to make the illegal activity an issue, political ramifications cause the place to be closed down.