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Big River

From 114 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Dated

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (114)


Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Dated

Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

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.

Also I had the great fortune to see the original Broadway production of the... Read more Read less

Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if you like country/bluegrass music, and stories about racism that focus mostly on white people.

Don't see it if You prefer stores about race and slavery to focus on non-white people, you don't like country music.

Also In 2017, it's wildly offensive to see a musical supposedly about disco... Read more Read less

February 9th, 2017
"If you are looking for a Huckleberry of irresistible sweetness and rambunctious naïveté, then Lear deBessonet’s buoyant Encores! production is the place to find him...Yet it can’t mask the feeling of anachronism that dogs this show...'Big River' feels like an awkward fit for this moment...It is ...
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February 9th, 2017
"You will not be able to watch 'Big River' without squirming...Other than Jim...the black characters are entirely undifferentiated and unattached to the plot...The authors treat Jim exactly as Huck and the others do: That is, they mostly ignore him...I’m not saying that a story about white people...
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February 10th, 2017
"An all-too-limited engagement justifies its existence with its winning exuberance, terrific performances, and the top-flight musicianship...Landesman has provided a streamlined concert adaptation of Hauptman’s book that keeps the episodic story line flowing as smoothly as the Mississippi River. ...
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February 9th, 2017
"The Encores! production of 'Big River' is, in a word, perfect. And, in a few other words, moving, powerful and exhilarating...This superb staged by Lear deBessonet, who has done miraculous work at the Public Theatre. It’s spirited and lively and the cast couldn’t be better: up-and-c...
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