Before we were old enough to know who she was, some of us remember seeing Ruta Lee in Casa Manana ads during Channel 11’s afternoon movies in the ‘70s. Lee is preparing to open this Saturday in Casa’s version of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. As this clip from a recent “Good Morning Texas” on Channel 8 demonstrates, La Lee looks remarkably the same but is bringing the kind of crazy that only theater divas at a certain stage of their careers will unleash.
If you want, you can turn her interview into a drinking game and take a shot every time she says the word “whorehouse.” Lee’s money quote? This gem about the musical’s famous all male locker room dance: “Let me tell you about the Aggie dancers — gorgeous nude tops with six packs!” I know what the word “top” means in certain circles, but I didn’t realize it was a football expression as well.