On this day in 1978, at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened on Broadway. It would go on to be nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, winning two.
With a book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson and music and lyrics by Carol Hall, it is based on the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas. The show follows the life of Miss Mona, the madam of a whorehouse, who finds her business under attack from evangelists and local politicians. Carlin Glynn, who played the role of Miss Mona, won a Tony Award for her performance.
There was a movie based on the production. Released in 1982, it starred Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. Charles Durning was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the governor of Texas. During its opening weekend, it ranked number one at the box office, dethroning a little movie called E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.
From the Tony Awards:
From the movie, a song you may recognize:
And Dolly Parton one more time: