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"BIG RIVER"

Original Broadway Production

The original Broadway production of Big River opened on April 25, 1985, at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. In 1985, it won seven Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Scenic Design, and Best Lighting Design. The show ran for a total of 1,005 performances on Broadway.

 

The Story

Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel: the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

 

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published in America in January 1885. According to Ernest Hemingway, it was the "one book" from which "all modern American literature" came, and 20th-century critics and scholars have treated it as one of the greatest American works of art. Of all Mark Twain's novels, it was also the one that sold best at its initial appearance. It is still frequently in the news, as various schools and school systems across the country either ban it from or restore it to their classrooms.

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