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'Best Little Whorehouse' this week at Miller Auditorium

Sept. 10, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Miller Auditorium presents Ann-Margret in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" for eight performances Tuesday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 16.

Tickets for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" are available by calling Miller Auditorium at 616 387-2300 or 800 228-9858, by ordering online at <www.millerauditorium.com>, or through the Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Tickets for Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances range from $55 to $25. Tickets for all other shows range from $50 to$20.

Superstar in the worlds of film, television, recording and the concert stage, Ann-Margaret makes her theatre debut in a spectacular new multi-million dollar production of the Broadway musical- comedy smash. Theatre veteran (and star of "WKRP in Cincinnati") Gary Sandy will star opposite Ann-Margret in the role of Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd at Miller Auditorium.

Ann-Margret, born in Sweden but adopted by America, is the consummate entertainer. One of the world's most glamorous and versatile superstars, she has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, won five Golden Globe Awards and received six Emmy nominations for her television work. She co-starred in the Oliver Stone movie, "Any Given Sunday," with Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz. Her Showtime movie, "Happy Face Murders," was the highest rated original movie for fifteen months. Martha Williamson, who created the series, wrote the CBS Millenium Special of "Touched by an Angel" for Ann-Margret.

Gary Sandy was born in Dayton, Ohio, and attended Wilmington College of Ohio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. His first professional role was a part created for him in the daytime drama "As the World Turns." His most recognizable role was playing Andy Travis in the classic series "WKRP in Cincinnati." He has performed in more than 70 theatrical productions, but is proudest of the Pirate King in the Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance.

"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" originally opened off-Broadway in April 1978, receiving such acclaim it moved immediately to Broadway that June. There it received seven Tony nominations (including Best Musical and Best Choreography), won two Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards and played to sold out-houses for nearly four years.

Media contact: Bethany Gibson, 616 387-2370, bethany.gibson@wmich.edu

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