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 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 want to hear 4 great numbers (2 duets and 2 gospels). Good collaboration of Huck and Jim actors. Cute little country ensemble.
Don't see it if you don't like grimacing on stage - it took half of the time! Huck/Jim scenes were good. The music is very simple and the numbers too short.
See it if You've already got a soft spot for the musical and just want to hear the music sung well.
Don't see it if You think having heavy handed diverse ensemble casting choices in a show already about race is counterproductive
See it if Have never seen the show, as hard to imagine any other productions (save Deaf West) would be able to rescue the material either
Don't see it if Looking for intelligent adaptation of Twain, or even a well constructed show on its own merits, expect MT songs to go somewhere
See it if you want to see some amazing singers do a phenomenal job with below-average content
Don't see it if you dislike shows that revolve around race/if you get offended easily. It is not for the fainthearted... do not take children
See it if Nick Barasch (Huck) & Kyle Scatliffe (Jim) were outstanding. 18 yr old Barasch is a major talent & drove the show. Their duets soared.
Don't see it if It won 1985 Best Musical Tony but its slow & stodgy & the book relegates Jim to a smaller role. Minimal staging. Music is very country.