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Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1978 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
 
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Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1978 Original Broadway Cast Recording)

4 Nov. 2009 | Format: MP3

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This soundtrack is the orgiginal broadway recording of this musical - and in my humble opinion, much better than the soundtrack from the movie version of it starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. Carlin Glynn (Miss Mona) has just the right kind of emotion in her voice in her numbers, and it really hits you right there when you hear it. No matter how many times I listen, I can't help feel emotionally distressed in numbers such as "Girl you're a Woman" and "Hard Candy Christmas" - extremely well performed, and definately a must buy.
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All the favourites are on here,bus to amarillo..just closed my eyes and im on that trip too.just cant help but sing along with them.
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Excellet rceording of this fun and cheeky musical.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9342ea68) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x928d1600) out of 5 stars Glad that the Cast Recording finally arrived... 27 Mar. 1999
By Jeffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always liked the musical better than the movie, so I was thrilled to find that the Cast recording has finally been released on CD.
From the fun and lively "24 Hours of Loving", "Aggie Song", and "Lil' Old Bitty Pissant Country Place", to the moving "Girl, You're a Woman" and "Doatsy Mae", to the heartwrenching (if you've seen it performed well, then you know) "Hard Candy Christmas", this is a nice score, far superior to the completely modified and edited movie soundtrack (which also has its good points; don't get me wrong, I'm not intending to completely slam the movie.) I would definitely recommend this CD to musical theatre lovers.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x928d1654) out of 5 stars Great, but the music seems uncreative after a while! 16 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas ran for well over three years on Broadway and this recording shows why.
Plot- First to respond to those who have said that the plot is tasteless and vulgar. I really do not adhere to that belief. To summarize, this is about a Whorehouse that have been in business since the 1800's and now some TV evangelist makes it his mission to shut it down. I think the plot is considered vulgar by some just because of the connotation, whore. Look past that and in the end we find the real charm in the show is that the girls do not pretend to be anything by call girls. Moreover nowhere in the show do we see anything that we wouldn't let are child see.
Music- Well here is the criticism, the music might be good, but the melody for many of the songs are the same. This is most evident in "Girl your a woman," and "Bus From Amarillo," and to some extent, "Good Ole Girl" and Hard Candy Christmas."
Actors: I would have to say there are two highlights to the cast. A wonderful preformance by Jay Garner as the Govenor of Texas and the song "Sidestep" is done to perfection. And then in the lead role of Miss Mona, "Carol Gylinn." Truly somebody who could sing and produce a great performance.
Overall, buy it and listen to theater from a simpler time. True it cannot compete with the flowing rhythms of Phantom or Les Misrables, but that was never a goal. it was meant to be theater that was fun to attend and one where you could learn the melodies on the first viewing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x928d1828) out of 5 stars Delightful! 10 Mar. 2002
By burghtenor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Those of you who have read some of my other reviews probably think I'm a prude: I've complained about shows that throw in sexual material just for effect, and I've praised shows for omitting sexual innuendo. Well, you'll be surprised to learn that I enjoy listening to THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, which I'll call `BLWT' for short.
Why the apparent change of heart? From its title, you should expect this show to have the capability to offend. When you consider the potential coarseness of the subject matter, BLWT handles it quite tastefully. (Although there are plenty of scantily clad men and women in a few scenes, don't confuse the staged version with the more vulgar movie!) As long as you can suspend your objections to prostitution, and you don't mind rooting for the girls to keep their jobs, it really isn't that difficult of a show to digest.
That said, here are some more specifics on the show.
THE STORY:
The Chicken Ranch of Gilbert is a beloved institution in Texas. With a history harking back 80 years, it has served as a homey "pleasure palace" for the men of the Lone Star State, and is currently run by the no-nonsense Miss (not `Madam') Mona Stangley. Miss Mona runs a class act: the grounds are well-tended, her `Ladies' live under strict regulations, and the `Guests' are treated with the utmost respect and are expected to reciprocate.
Everything's fine until TV moralist `Watchdog' Melvin P. Thorpe declares a personal crusade against the Chicken Ranch. Despite the fact that "one-half of the police officers and two-thirds of the lawyers in the state of Texas grew up in this house," the political pressure mounts and the Ranch is eventually shut down. While others object, Mona just takes the bitter with the sweet and moves on.
THE MUSIC:
Carol Hall (best known for her music on SESAME STREET) has written a fun-loving score reflecting her Texas roots. Her lyrics reflect the low-key lifestyle of the citizens of Gilbert, from extolling the virtues of the Chicken Ranch ("20 Fans"), to Miss Mona's assistance to a lost girl ("Girl, You're a Woman"), to a town waitress wishing she were less respectable ("Doatsy Mae"). Two great upbeat numbers are "A Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place," in which Mona explains the rules of the Ranch to her newest Ladies, and "The Sidestep," the governor's dance for the media. Perhaps best of all are three songs of the Chicken Ranch residents as they see the writing on the wall: "No Lies," "Hard Candy Christmas," and by far the best song of the show, Mona's reflection on how she ended up in her present situation, "The Bus From Amarillo."
The only song that's a real let-down is "Good Old Girl," the sheriff's paean to Miss Mona. It doesn't help that that Sheriff Ed (Henderson Forsythe) has a terrible voice.
THE RECORDING:
While none of the voices on the original cast are standouts, everyone's voice (except Forsythe's) is pleasant enough to listen to, and their acting abilities are fine. As Miss Mona, Carlin Glynn does an admirable job being a tough Texan while still showing compassion.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x928d1e58) out of 5 stars RIP ROARING FUN FROM START TO FINISH! 21 Jun. 2000
By Robert Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Original Cast Cd is an ETHUSIASTIC, WILD RIDE FROM START TO FINSIH! With high spirited performances by the AMAZING cast. I can't get enough of it!
Carlin Glynn plays Miss Mona (the part made famous by Dolly Parton in the film) She's got the sassy attitude and the presence to deliver the 5 songs she sings. Although she doesn't have a singing voice, in fact not too many of the actors have "singing" voices but they are ALL so in character that it never bugs me. (That's the way ALL 1970's Musical CD's are. Terrific performers with mediocre voices who can carry a tune, not vocally phenomenal, but their performance is top notch!) But I love the way she sings "Girl, You're a Woman" and "The Bus From Amarilla", two tragic, heartfelt songs. But she sure kicks up her heels in "Pissant Country Place" and "No Lies."
The one PHENOMENAL, OUTSTANDING, EXCEPTIONAL "SINGING" voice in the cast is Dolores Hall who plays the sweet maid, Jewel. She sings "24 Hours of Loving" and "No Lies" (Both Songs were cut from the film). A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE shame that "24 Hours" was cut. Next to "Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place" and "Twenty Fans" (which are in the film) this is the BEST SONG! It's simply amazing. You've GOT to hear it to believe it. (For any of you out there who know who Jennifer Holliday is, the Original Effie in "Dreamgirls", well Dolores Hall can give Miss Holliday a run for her money! If not then think Aretha Franklin or Patti Labelle! That's how amazingly BELT she is.) It's starts off slow and sexy and then sky rockets through your speakers with the high octane dance break. This song is GUARANTEED to make you get up and DANCE! (Either that or you'll start tapping your foot!)
Also you might be interested to know that one of the leading Prostitutes is played by Pamela Blair (Original Val Clark from "A Chorus Line!" This Musical came out in 1978, and "A Chorus Line was in 1975. Just an interesting tid bit!)
ALL the rest of the songs are just a lot of fun and performed superbly by such actors as Clint Allmon, Susan Mansur, Jay Garner and many more.
I definately recommend this CD to any Broadway Musical Fan! It's a must have for any collector. It's even got the famous "Hard Candy Christmas" song led by Pamela Blair. This CD is not to be missed!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x928d1e7c) out of 5 stars Durla's mom speaks 20 Aug. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I recommend it for its story-telling qualities . Even if you have not seen the play, you will get the story from the songs. My daughter Erin Jones played Durla in the play at the Country Playhouse in Houston. After seeing it 10 times, I really wanted to be able to hear that toe-tapping, image-provoking music again. My husband, who hates musicals, loves the songs, and though we were able to find the record at a garage sale, we still wanted to be able to hear the soundtrack more conveniently. I had been disappointed to not be able to find the play on CD because the music in the movie is nowhere near the same. Thanks for adding it to your inventory!
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