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Best Little Whorehouse in... Coronado!

by Lisa Lipsey
Saturday Nov 24, 2012
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That’s right... the Coronado Playhouse is inviting you to swing by their very own chicken ranch! Come stomp your feet and sing along as they present "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." Based on the book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, this Tony Award-winning show was a Broadway hit running from 1978 until 1982. The folks down at the playhouse say it’s a down-home charmer that has "lots of good will, and maybe one small thrill, but there’s nothin’ dirty going on"!

Coronado Playhouse Board President and "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" Producer Barron Henzel says, "This is a huge show, the biggest one we have mounted, with 31 people in the cast and a six piece band that has full sound."

There are wonderful moments with the Aggie Boys-there’s a great scene where they are winning a football game. The girls are so sweet, poignant and funny... There are many fun high-energy numbers with songs people will recognize like ’Hard Candy Christmas.’ And wonderful actors like Michael Van Allen as Melvin P. Thorpe who is trying to get the ranch shut down. He has this huge funny moment when singing ’Texas has a whorehouse in it and we’ve got to shut it down.’"

As a producer Henzel was looking for a show that has sex appeal, would push the envelope just a little bit and be something people would recognize. If however, you are looking for the ’80s flick with Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, Henzel says, "It’s not all that close to the film, the film was really altered to be a vehicle for Dolly. It is a much stronger story on the stage, more poignant, pretty progressive, it’s a big production and a great way to end our 2012 season."

Henzel has been a part of the playhouse family for more than 15 years, seeing it grow from a Quonset hut to the beautiful theatre they have today, "It is the only place in San Diego right on the water with cabaret seating, a full bar and professional theatre in an intimate setting. With this big production, you should see backstage. It is insane; people are hanging from the rafters, we have a small workshop area that we are cleaning out to create the extra space we needed for people waiting to go on stage."

Come a bit early, take in the sunset on the bay and don’t miss the pre-show, a fabulous Patsy Cline tribute done by Robin Young, known around San Diego for her rich and beautiful voice. Henzel is not only passionate about sizzling theatre, he is also hot for helping out low-income seniors. The cast, crew and creative team is encouraging folks to donate new or gently used fans to be distributed by Meals on Wheels of Greater San Diego, for San Diego seniors living without A.C. The fans will be given out as a part of a Holiday care package including the basics; sundries, socks, puzzle books and household items. Theatergoers can bring in a fan or donate $40 toward their purchase-you can also order a fan online and have it shipped to the playhouse. "We’ve set a goal of 200 fans; a production of this show was mounted in Houston and they also did this fan project. I’d like to best them... If we bring in 200 fans we’ve got them beat and we will be helping so many seniors in need," says Henzel. Learn more about the FAN-raising program at coronadoplayhouse.com.

Be sure to keep up on Coronado in 2013. Next season the Playhouse is doing all musicals including the ’60s romp Suds, the classic musical Carnival and a humorous take-off on the television show "Toddlers and Tiaras" aptly entitled "Ruthless." Annually, they put on a free classic Shakespeare show and 2013 brings "The Tempest" to their stage.

"Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" runs now through December 2 at the Coronado Playhouse. For tickets and more information call 619.435.4856, or visit coronadoplayhouse.com

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