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Big River

Big River

by Roger Miller and William Hauptman

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Big River

Big River




A new musical based on Mark Twain's novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


Story:

Though trying to stay "respectable," Huckleberry Finn, runs into trouble when his father, Pap, returns to town. Huck is forced to fake his own death to escape and joins up with another on the run - Jim, a slave in the search for freedom. As they head down the river, they get sucked into scams involving two "aristocrats," one of which lands Jim in chains once again and Huck and Tom Sawyer join together to free him.


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Composer

Composer and Lyricist
Roger Miller

Librettist

Librettist
William Hauptman



  • Premiere
  • 2003

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Eugene O'Neill Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 25, 1985
Total Performances
1,005
Original Cast
Daniel Jenkins, Ron Richardson, John Goodman, Bob Gunton, Rene Auberjonois, John Short, Patti Cohenour, William Youmans, Peggy Harmon and Andi Henig
Director
Des McAnuff
Choreographer
Janet Watson
Producer
The American Repertory Theatre (Robert Brustein, Artistic Director; Robert J. Orchard, Managing Director), LaJolla Playhouse (Des McAnuff, Artistic Director)
Musical Director
Linda Twine
Orchestrations
Steven Margoshes and Danny Troob
Scenic Design
Heidi Landesman
Costume Design
Patricia McGourty
Lighting Design
Richard Riddell
Sound Design
Otts Munderloh

2003 Broadway Revival

Theatre
American Airlines Theatre
Opening Night
Jul 24, 2003
Total Performances
67
Original Cast
Michael Arden, Scott Barnhardt, Walter Charles, Christina Ellison Dunams, Gina Ferrall, Phyllis Frelich, Tyrone Giordano, Daniel H. Jenkins, Lyle Kanouse, Rod Keller, Troy Kotsur, Michael McElroy, Drew McVety, Ryan Schlect, Iosif Schneiderman, Gwen Stewart, Melissa Van Der Schyff and Alexandria Wailes
Director
Jeff Calhoun
Choreographer
Jeff Calhoun
Producer
The Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Ellen Richard: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director of External Affairs; Gene Feist: Founding Director) and Deaf West Theatre (Ed Waterstreet: Artistic Director; Bill O'Brien: Producing Director)
Musical Director
Steven Landau
Scenic Design
Ray Klausen
Costume Design
David R. Zyla
Lighting Design
Michael Gilliam
Sound Design
Peter Fitzgerald





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CD
Original Broadway Cast Album


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1985 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Ron Richardson
Best Scenic Design
Best Lighting Design
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Daniel H. Jenkins
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - René Auberjonois
Best Costume Design

1985 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Ron Richardson
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - René Auberjonois
Outstanding Orchestration
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Set Design
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Daniel H. Jenkins
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - John Short
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Bob Gunton
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - John Goodman
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Patti Cohenour

1985 Theatre World Award Nominations

Patti Cohenour

2004 Tony Award Nominations

Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Michael McElroy

2004 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Tyrone Giordano
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Michael McElroy
Outstanding Director of a Musical

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