Encores! presents a concert version of the 1985 Tony Award-winning musical based on 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.' More…
A musical retelling of Mark Twain’s classic novel about friendship, freedom, and the untamed Mississippi, 'Big River' was an underdog as scrappy and restless as Huckleberry Finn himself. The show was created in the age of British spectacles by a quintessentially American artist—the beloved country and western singer Roger Miller—and his Tony-winning score is a blend of bluegrass, gospel, and honky-tonk. More than 30 years later, 'Big River' remains an affecting journey through 1840s America in all its beauty and savagery.
See it if Nice to revisit a show from my past but thought it felt dated. Performances were weaker than I remember. Missable.
Don't see it if You need a fully staged show with sets and costume changes, etc...
See it if Lackluster presentation of Miller's Tony winner. Nick Barasch & Kyle Scatliffe shine as Huck & Jim & duets are high point esp Worlds Apart
Don't see it if DeBessonet's vision rather dark yet pointed taking some of the sugar off Miller's songs; music doesn't really gel with story. 2nd act drifts
See it if you like country music and a reminder of sadder days re; racial problems
Don't see it if you are expectinga song and dance etravaganza..... but alas we caught the last performance
See it if 4 excellent country and western band, nice C&W tunes, beautiful harmonies, solid performances by leads
Don't see it if Twain, arch-provocateur, would have thought this rendering of his feisty anti-slavery novel much too safe
See it if You enjoy adaptations of classic novels. You want to see great performances & wonderful singing. You like country music.
Don't see it if You want to hear contemporary music: this is '80s country music. You want a classic, Broadway sound. You dislike literary adaptations.
See it if You are a fan of the show or have never seen it. The music is wonderful. Incredible singers.
Don't see it if You don't like musicals.
See it if Nicholas Barasch as Huck and Kyle Scatliffe as Jim as perfectly cast and give wonderful performances. I usually don't care for country music
Don't see it if you are offended by frequent use os the n-word (though it is authentic Twain). I liked Huck's drunken Trumpian father's "Guv'ment" song rant
See it if you want to see an enjoyable production of this play. Fun, good actors, some great singing, and very engaging.
Don't see it if you are not interestetd in this dated story and want more relevant stories for today.
See it if you enjoy country/blue grass "broadway" tunes, great voices, Lauren Worsham excels. Young Huck is an NPH in training
Don't see it if don't like Mark Twain
See it if you like country, blue grass, gospel music; Mark Twain (especially his Huckleberry Finn); simple staging - the raft is clever; narration
Don't see it if you want plot developed thru acting & singing rather than narration (Finn tells his story to the audience); little slow in Act II
See it if You enjoy scaled down versions of shows, letting the music and story speak for itself
Don't see it if You want a full production or a high-energy show, this was a little one-note & didn't translate as well in this format as other Encore shows
See it if You like musicals with a country music flavor. Huck Finn a good story. Lots of movement, funny moments, terrific acting all around.
Don't see it if You are looking for a typical Broadway musical...this has incidental dancing and lots of dialogue.
See it if nostalgic for high school literature class or you enjoy seemingly "light" fare with serious undertones (like Twain's works themselves).
Don't see it if you're a Twain purist and can't abide watching his classic American satire reduced to catchy-yet-sometimes-dated songs; seeking new works.
See it if You can turn back time, tonight was the last performance. It was fun, light hearted, smile a lot, Mark Twain. Some top notch singing.
Don't see it if You like big scenery, elaborate costumes, laser light pyrotechnics.
See it if You like Mark Twain and/or country music. You want to see a traditional musical.
Don't see it if You don't like musicals based on (comical) 19th century literature or you want something brand-new and fresh.
See it if you are curious, but REMEMBER, curiosity KILLED THE CAT!!!
Don't see it if you can get a ticket to ANYTHING else other than Kid Victory, The Price, or Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.
See it if superb voices, a range of lyrical musical genres, excellent performers and wonderfully under-amplified music by cast and orchestra appeal
Don't see it if the Huck Finn story seems to simplistic to you as the basis for a meaningful musical
See it if you want to see the story of Huckleberry Finn.. Other than that, really not to much to say here. Was looking forward to it, but disappointed
Don't see it if you don't want to site through a long story that really did not bring you in. At times, was just trying to be too whimsical and didn't work.
See it if Bravo Encores & director De Bessonet with another fully realized ready-to-transfer production; multiple touching moments from a talentedcast
Don't see it if book is faithful to the Twain text which has multiple cringeworthy moments being faithful to the America of that moment
See it if you want to enjoy one the most underrated American musicals! An impeccable story and delightful score makes it an Adventure worth taking!
Don't see it if you don't like "country" music. (I don't but I LOVE this Americana score.) Poignant/relevant so if you only want fluff, it's not for you
See it if You liked Bright Star and Bridges of Madison County; this is a similar bit of Americana with a pleasant score and fantastic singing.
Don't see it if You're looking for a "great American classic" score that you'll be humming for days, or if you expect a fully-staged performance.
See it if you are very passionate about the story of Huckleberry Finn
Don't see it if you need a well-paced plot. I feel like this rushed through major plot points and dragged at times when not much was happening on stage.
See it if you are ok with dumbed down musical based on the Twain classic.Good singing, especially Scatliffe. Entertaining but misses the point
Don't see it if you want to see something truly relevant to current race relations. Twain book exceedingly more trenchant than this superficial rendering.