Multi award-winning Broadway comedy-musical, The Best?Little Whorehouse in Texas will receive a major new revival, starring Sarah Lark and directed by Paul Taylor-Mills, at the Union Theatre from Tuesday 18th October to Saturday 12th November.
Press night is Thursday?20th October at 7.30pm.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is based on the true story of legendary Texas Brothel the Chicken Ranch, which operated from the 1840s to 1973. It is under the proprietorship of Miss Mona Stangley, having been left to her by the original owner. Protected by a friendly Sheriff and frequented by politicians, football teams and others, the Chicken Ranch thrived in the small town of Gilbert, Texas. However, a crusading do-gooder Houston radio commentator and his conservative audience expose the Chicken Ranch, forcing it to shut its doors forever
Sarah Lark (Miss Mona) understudied Nancy and played the role many times in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane after being a finalist on BBC1's I'd Do Anything search for Nancy, star in the production. Her other West?End roles include Lucy in the 21st anniversary production of Snoopy!, "The Witches of Eastwick", "Beautiful & Damned" and "Mamma Mia".
Further casting to be announced.
The original Broadway production, directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh, opened on June 19, 1978 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 1,584 performances. It was nominated for six Tonys (winning two) and eight Drama?desk Awards (winning three, including Outstanding Lyrics and?Outstanding Music). A 1982 Hollywood movie version starred Dolly?Parton and Burt Reynolds and was the most successful movie-musical of the 1980s.
Director Paul Taylor-Mills' credits include Little Shop of Horrors (White Bear) nominated for four Off West End Awards including Best Director; A Clockwork Orange (Lost Theatre); the European premiere of My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Above The Stag and C Venues, Edinburgh).
Choreographer Richard Jones' theatre credits include Crazy For You (Regent's Park Open-Air Theatre); Me and My Girl (Crucible Theatre Sheffield); Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Hello, Dolly! (Regent's Park); Mary Poppins (1st National tour); We Will Rock You (Dominion).
Musical Director Tom Turner's credits include Thrill Me (Charing Cross Theatre), A Clockwork Orange (Lost Theatre), The House of Mirrors and Hearts (Arcola), Piramania - The Swashbuckling Pirate?Musical (C Venues, Edinburgh), Mother Goose (Bury St Edmonds).
Howard?Hudson won the 2011 Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design. His credits include, Parade (Southwark Playhouse), State Fair (Trafalgar Studios), Cowardy Custard (UK Tour),Noel & Gertie (Cockpit Theatre), Rodgers and Hammerstein?s Me and Juliet (Finborough), Ragtime, The Hired Man, Tomorrow Morning, Smokey Joe?s Café, Hello Jerry!, Bent (Landor).
This London revival is produced by AnTony Stuart-Hicks, Paul Leno, Katy Lipson and Paul Taylor-Mills
Aria Entertainment, ASH Productions LIVE and Paul Taylor-Mills present
THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
book by Larry L King and Peter Masterson
music and lyrics by Carol Hall
Director Paul Taylor-Mills
Choreographer Richard Jones
Musical Director Tom Turner
Lighting Design Howard?Hudson
Casting Paul Leno for ASH Productions LIVE
Producer AnTony Stuart-Hicks &
Paul Leno for ASH Productions LIVE
Producer Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment
Producer Paul Taylor-Mills