This show about small-town vice is actually based on true events

by: CRAIG MITCHELLDYER - TEXAS NEVER LOOKED SO GAUDY - Dan Murphy (in yellow) plays do-gooder Melvin P. Thorpe, and Sharon Maroney plays Miss Mona Stangley, while Colin Wood plays Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in 'Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.'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.

Based on true events, this sassy, spirited tale of small-town vice and political side-stepping recounts the heydays and the 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.

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

"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" was based on a story by Larry L. King with book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, and music and lyrics by Carol Hall. Peggy Taphorn is directing, with musical direction by Eric Little and choreography by Jacob Toth.

Preview performance is Thursday, July 31, with opening night on Friday, Aug. 1, and performances continuing through Aug. 17. Evening performances are Thursday through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and matinees are at 2 p.m. on Sundays and on the following Saturdays: Aug. 9 and 16. Tickets start at $30 for adults, with discounts available for groups and youth. For a full listing of show performances or to order tickets visit or call the box office at 503-620-5262.

The Deb Fennell Auditorium is located at 9000 S.W. Durham Road in Tigard.

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