Playhouse Merced presents “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”

04/25/2014 12:00 AM

04/24/2014 5:01 PM

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” a musical made popular by the movie starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, will begin a three-weekend run at the Playhouse Merced mainstage on May 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Set in Texas in the late 1970s, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is about a famous whorehouse, the Chicken Ranch, and its infamous madam, Ms. Mona. While some people love the Chicken Ranch, others, such as the Rev. Melvin P. Thorpe, want to see it shut down. Meanwhile, the sheriff, who is Ms. Mona’s love interest, is stuck in the middle. Things get complicated while the sheriff tries to maintain peace in his little town, according to a Playhouse Merced press release.

Full of singing and dancing, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is directed and choreographed by Corey Strauss and stars Dianne Kocher as Ms. Mona and Joe Hypes as the sheriff. It also stars Brad Reed as the governor, G.B. Blackmon III as Melvin P. Thorpe, Alison Rush as Angel and Meganne Ward as Shy, along with many other actors.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” plays three weekends through May 18.

Tickets are on sale now for Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 seniors, $12 students and $10 children.

Purchase tickets by calling (209) 725-8587, or visiting the box office at 452 West Main St. in downtown Merced, Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m. The show is rated “M,” containing mature themes, situations and language, according to the release.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” continues Playhouse Merced’s 20th season in its downtown theater location. Playhouse Merced is a community-based, nonprofit organization seeking to entertain, educate and enlighten audiences. For more information, please visit

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