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"Best Little Whorehouse" to open Aug. 1 at Broadway Rose

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: CRAIG MITCHELLDYER - From left are Colin Wood as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, Sharon Maroney as Miss Mona Stangley and Dan Murphy as Melvin P. Thorpe in Broadway Roses production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opening Aug. 1.

The Broadway Rose Theatre Company continues its 2014 season of brass ‘n sass with the boot stompin’ musical comedy “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” playing at the Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Road in Tigard.

A preview performance is set for July 31 with opening night Aug 1. Performances continue through Aug. 17. Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Matinees will be held at 2 p.m. Sundays and Saturdays Aug. 9 and 16. Tickets start at $30 for adults. Order online at broadwayrose.org or call the box office at 503-620-5262.

Based on true events, this sassy, spirited tale of small town vice and political side-stepping recounts the heydays and demise of the Chicken Ranch, notoriously one of Texas’ finest bordellos since the 1850s.

Politicians, townspeople and even the local college football team frequent Miss Mona’s house of ill repute, but when puritanical consumer watchdog Melvin P. Thorpe turns his television cameras on the institution, the madam of the house finds herself fighting to preserve the ranch and protect her girls, while at the same time navigating a complicated relationship with town Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is directed by Peggy Taphorn with musical direction by Eric Little and choreography by Jacob Toth.

The cast includes Sharon Maroney as Miss Mona Stangley, Colin Wood as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd and Dan Murphy as Melvin P. Thorpe.



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