MUSICAL MAYHEM, TEXAS-STYLE!
Written by Larry L. King & Peter Masterson
Music & Lyrics Carol Hall
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
Cast: Mathias Anderson (Aggie/Dogette), Amy Board (Shy), Scott Brateng (Aggie/Dogette), James E. Bullard (Edsel Mackey/Narrator), Kyle DesChamps (Aggie/Reporter 2), Penny Dwyer (Doatsy Mae), Beth Flynn (Mona), Drew Frady (Mayor Rufus Pointdexter/Senator Wingwoah/US MP Thorpe), Adrianne Hampton (Linda Lou/ Angelette/Dogette), Derek Hanson (Aggie/Reporter 3/SM/ Assisant), Wendelin Harstson (Jewell), Colleen Hawks (Angel/US Mona), Valerie Hill (Ginger/MP Thorpe Singer/US Doatsey Mae), Rick Jewell (Aggie/MP Thorpe Singer/US Mayor &Senator), Jessica Laulhere (Ruby Rae/Angelette), Maija-Liisa Nielsen (Dawn/ Angelette/Dogette), Rose Ouellette (Patty Jo/Angelette/US Shy), Rob Reynolds (Aggie/MP Thorpe Singer/Colroman/US Governor & CJ Scruggs), Mark Rubald (Ed Earl), Scott Seay (Aggie/Dogette/Gov Aide/US Edsel Mackey & Narrator), Jamison Stern (Melvin P. Thorpe), Erica Sweany (Eloise/Angelette/Dogette/US Angel), Broc Timmerman (Aggie/Reporter 1/Soundman), Marcus Waterman (Governor/CJ Scruggs/US Ed Earl), Sharon K. White (Beatrice/MP Thorpe Singer), Brooke Wilson (Durla/Angelette/Imogene/US Jewel)
Production Staff: Rod A. Lansberry (Director/Artistic Producer), David Nehls (Music Director), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (Choreographer), Lisa Hoffman (Assistant to the Director), Kent Homchick (Set Designer), Nikki Harrison (Costume Designer), Gail Gober (Lighting Designer), Steve Stevens (Sound Designer), Rebecca E. Dorneden (Props), Lisa A. Kurtz (Stage Manager), Lisa Cook (Assistant Stage Manager), Adam Stolte (Technical Manager), Nick Cimyotte (Technical Director), Scott Little (Master Electrician), Dave Cimyotte (Lead Technician), Grant Evenson (Lead Sound Technician), Betsy Zumfelde (Head of Wardrobe), Sara Opstad (Wigs), Lance Copeman (Props II), Kathleen Murphy (Performing Arts Business Manager)
ARVADA, CO - The Arvada Center is proud to present its summer musical, the rompin' stompin', Tony Award®-winning Broadway hit The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, running in the Main Stage Theater June 26 - July 29, 2007.
This scantily-clad view of small town vices and statewide political side-stepping recounts the rise and fall of the Chicken Ranch. For more than 100 years, it's been one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors and even victorious college football teams have frequented Miss Mona's cozy bordello, until the puritan nemesis, Watchdog, focuses his television cameras and righteous indignation on the institution. The bawdry Southern humor can't hide the fact that these sinners have hearts of pure gold.
Written by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened on Broadway on June 19, 1978 and closed on March 27, 1982, for a total of 1,584 performances. The lascivious but fun-lovin' musical won two Tony Awards® (Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Best Featured Actress in a Musical), as well as four Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Director of a Musical (Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune) and Outstanding Lyrics and Music (Carol Hall).
Released in 1982, the movie version starring Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise earned an Oscar® nomination and two Golden Globe® nominations. A touring revival of the play starring Ann-Margret opened in 2001, and a sequel entitled The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, by the same authors, played on Broadway in 1994.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is directed by the Arvada Center's Artistic Producer Rod A. Lansberry. Lansberry last directed the Center's holiday show Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as the smash hit The Full Monty. Other directorial credits include Pippin, AIDA, Das Barbecü, and The Women.
No stranger to the Arvada Center, musical director David Nehls was most recently the musical director for Thoroughly Modern Millie, and played Cosme McMoon in Souvenir. Other musical directorial credits include The Full Monty, Pippin, Das Barbecü and Honky Tonk Angels. Nehls also composed the music and lyrics to The Great American Trailer Park Musical, which was produced off-Broadway in 2005 and made into a recording in 2006.
Local favorite Beth Flynn returns to the Arvada Center to play Mona, the woman in charge of the Chicken Ranch. Flynn was last seen at the Center as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie and was also in the classic play The Heiress. Hailed as "one of Denver's master comediennes," Flynn starred in the Denver Center's production of Always…Patsy Cline and Avenue Theatre's Parallel Lives.
Penny Dwyer stars as Doatsy Mae and last appeared at the Center as Mary Haines in The Women. Other Arvada Center roles include Karen Wright in The Children's Hour and Irene Roth in Crazy for You. Other favorite roles include Alice Beane in Titanic, Marian in The Music Man, and Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, all at the Country Dinner Playhouse.
Mark Rubald returns to the Arvada Center stage as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd. Other Arvada Center roles include Eugene Fodor in Crazy for You, Taylor McGowan in Prelude to a Kiss I and Wayne Buford in Amateur Night at the Big Heart. Rubald has also been seen at the Denver Center Theatre Company in Dinner with Friends, Lonesome West, John Brown's Body, Man of the Moment and Servant of Two Masters.
Jamison Stern makes his Arvada Center debut as Melvin P. Thorpe. Broadway and National Tour credits include Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber's By Jeeves, Little Shop Of Horrors and Disney's Beauty and The Beast. Off-Broadway credits include Newsical the Musical, Love! Valour! Compassion! and Minnie's Boys. Film and TV credits include Law and Order, The Finger Lakes, The Entrepreneurs and the upcoming Day Zero with Elijah Wood and Chris Klein.
For tickets, call the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200, log on to arvadacenter.org or visit the Arvada Center box office at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO.
Prices range from $38 - $48 (Preview performance tickets are $27; see below for schedule.)
June 26 - July 29, 2007
Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
Preview Performances run June 22 - 24 at 7:30 p.m.
*Please note the following changes for 4th of July performances: Wednesday, July 4, 1:00 p.m. performance will be held Thursday, July 5, 1:00 p.m.; Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. performance will be held Sunday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m.--FIRST FRIDAY BBQ! Celebrate summer with an outdoor dinner featuring Bennett's Bar-B-Que: succulent brisket, tender chicken, fabulous ribs and all the fixins. Wash it all down with ice cold lemonade, refreshing iced tea, domestic beer or wine. First drink is on us! Tickets available for $15 or as a prime theater seat/reception package for $55. Advance reservations required by June 26.
Wednesday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m.--WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT! Grab your best girlfriends and get ready for a good time! We've devised the perfect menu combined with fun, flavored martinis and mojitos…now you've got yourself a party! Then sit back and enjoy the show. Tickets available for $15 or as a prime theater seat/reception package for $52. Advance reservations required by July 7, call now to reserve your place.
Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. & Wednesday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m.--Talk back with members of the cast and production team following the performance.
Friday, July 27 at 6:00 p.m.--FINAL FRIDAY BBQ! Due to the popularity of our First Friday BBQ, we have decided to throw a Final Friday pre-show dinner! Delicious food will again be provided by Bennett's Bar-B-Que: succulent brisket, tender chicken, fabulous ribs and all the fixins. Wash it all down with ice cold lemonade, refreshing iced tea, domestic beer or wine. And as always, your first drink is on us! Plus, you get your pick of some excellent theater seats that are still available. Tickets are available for $15 or as a prime theater seat/reception package for $55. Space is for this new event is filling up fast, so call now!
Saturday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m.--Audio-described performance, to accommodate patrons who are blind or have low vision.
YOU'D BE CRAZY NOT TO CHECK OUT THESE WHOREHOUSE EVENTS:
Burt & Dolly Look-a-Like Contest--Do you or someone you know look just like Dolly Parton or Burt Reynolds? Get your mustache groomed and your balloons blown up for your chance to win! The Arvada Center, in conjunction with The WOLF radio station, is hosting a look-a-like competition based on the two popular characters from the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. It's easy to enter - simply snap a picture, email or upload it to our website before June 24 and that's it, you're entered to win the $1,000 CASH PRIZE. Join us on the evening of Thursday, June 28 at the Electric Cowboy, 8811 Harlan Street in Westminster, where all the fun goes down and the crazy finalists will compete to win the cash and other prizes. Visit www.BURTandDOLLY.com for more details. And visit The Best Little Steakhouse in Colorado - Lone Star Steakhouse in Arvada, Golden, Littleton and Thornton - anytime during the run of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, show your ticket to your server and receive a FREE appetizer. It's one heck of a deal ya' can't beat!
Lou Bunch Day--Join the Arvada Center as we promote The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Central City's 33rd Annual Madam Lou Bunch Day and World Famous Bed Race on Saturday, June 16 beginning at Noon. It's a celebration of the life and times of Central City's last legal madam, Lou Bunch, who last appeared on the census in 1910. Complete with costumed locals and the World Famous Bed Race on Main Street, this rowdy tradition is free and open to the public. Teams of two men and a woman compete in the World Famous Bed Race - the gents, dressed in long johns, take turns pushing the brass bed up hilly Main Street, and rolling down with the woman, who wears a tightly-laced red corset and fish-net stockings to help make the bumpy ride a bit more pleasurable. Stop by the Arvada Center's booth for get your picture taken as Burt & Dolly, and spin the wheel to win some great prizes!
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one of the metro area's largest cultural attractions, devoted to all aspects of the arts. It is generously supported by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth Blvd.
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