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While Huckleberry Finn continues his reckless, adventure-loving ways, his alcoholic and violent father, Pap, demands custody over the boy. Unable to prevent Pap from taking Huck, the Judge forces Huck to comply. Fearing for his life, Huck takes off on a raft down the Mississippi River. Along the way, he meets up with a runaway slave, Jim, who is trying to find his wife and children up North. Soon, Huck and Jim gain two new compatriots, the Duke and the King, who are really escaped convicts. After a series of adventures and reuniting with his best friend, Tom Sawyer, Huck discovers that Jim's slaveowner died and freed Jim in her will. Thus, Jim is free to find his wife and children on his own and Huck decides to move out West, where no one can civilize him.
Based on Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The first productions were staged by the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts in February 1984 and at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, from June through July 1984.
The Broadway production, directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Janet Watson, opened on April 25, 1985 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, and closed on September 20, 1987, running for 1,005 performances. The cast featured René Auberjonois as The Duke, Bob Gunton as The King, John Goodman as Pap Finn, Daniel H. Jenkins as Huckleberry Finn, Ron Richardson as Jim, with Susan Browning, Gordon Connell as Mark Twain, Patti Cohenour, Jennifer Leigh Warren as Alice's Daughter and John Short.
After twenty-eight previews, a critically acclaimed revival, directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun, opened on Broadway on July 24, 2003 at the American Airlines Theatre, where it ran for 67 performances. This production, staged by the Roundabout Theatre Company and Deaf West Theatre, was notable in that it featured both deaf and hearing actors performing together. About half the characters, including the leading role of Huck, were played by deaf or hard-of-hearing performers. All dialogue and lyrics in the production were both spoken or sung and signed, making the production equally accessible to hearing and deaf audiences. The character of Mark Twain (portrayed by Daniel H. Jenkins, who portrayed the role of Huck in the original Broadway cast) was expanded, so that that actor also provided the voice of Huck, portrayed by Tyrone Giordano, who is deaf.
It was remounted for a U.S. tour, which ran from June 11, 2004 to May 31, 2005 and included most of the Broadway cast, and was nominated for several regional awards. A production ran at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. from March 18 to June 4, 2005.
Goodspeed Musicals staged a major production of the musical at the historic Connecticut theater. The production was directed by Rob Ruggiero and ran from September 26 to November 29, 2008.
Overture — Big River Orchestra
Do You Wanna Go to Heaven — Company
The Boys — Tom Sawyer and The Boys
Waitin' for the Light to Shine — Huck
Guv'ment — Pap
Hand For the Hog — Tom Sawyer (this number was cut for the revival)
I, Huckleberry, Me — Huck
Muddy Water — Jim and Huck
The Crossing — Slaves
River in the Rain — Huck and Jim
When the Sun Goes Down in the South — Duke, King, Huck and Jim
Ent'racte — Big River Orchestra
The Royal Nonesuch — Duke and the Company
Worlds Apart — Jim and Huck
Arkansas/How Bless We Are — Fool, Alice's Daughter and the Company
You Oughta Be Here With Me — Mary Jane Wilkes, Susan Wilkes and Joanna Wilkes
How Blest We Are (Reprise) — Company
Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go — Mary Jane Wilkes, Jim and Huck
Waitin' for the Light to Shine (Reprise) — Huck
Free At Last — Jim and the Slaves
River in the Rain (Reprise) — Huck and Jim
Muddy Water (Reprise) — Company
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Big River (1985-04-Eugene O'Neill Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 2 ans 4 mois 4 semaines Nombre : 22 previews - 1005 représentationsPremière Preview : vendredi 05 avril 1985Première : jeudi 25 avril 1985Dernière : dimanche 20 septembre 1987Mise en scène : Des McAnuff • Chorégraphie : Janet Watson • Avec : En savoir plus sur cette version
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