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 like Roger Miller's music or are interested in a musical version of Huckleberry Finn.
Don't see it if you're in the mood to see a light entertainment.
See it if You like great singing. Very talented cast. The band is wonderful.
Don't see it if You want deep acting. A lot is very surfacey, but there are some tender moments.
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 A country-fied orchestra, a Gospel-ly Slave-chorus, Mark Twain's words, Roger Miller's songs, & a game cast make this THE entertainment pick
Don't see it if If U dislike all of the above elements or U don't like being pressured into seeing it by the 12th (Broadway transfer PLEEZ!!). Use of N-word
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 You want to see a well cast Huck and Jim in this rarely done musical. Great on-stage band, too!
Don't see it if You don't like huckleberry finn. Also, if you are looking for an exciting evening. Act 1 is a lot of fun, act 2 has always been boring.
See it if Love Mark Twain. Enjoy a peppy score well sung.
Don't see it if Want lots of action. Half the story is narrated rather than acted out. Expect the big Encore's orchestra this one's cut down.
See it if You Live good singing in a country and bluegrass style. Leads are wonderful
Don't see it if Act one is sweet but simplistic. Act two muddled.
See it if You love Mark Twain. Stylized treatment of painful history makes it dated. First act slow, picked up greatly in second act, worth seeing.
Don't see it if Vaudeville treatment of slavery offends or if you don't like Twain, whose book literally narrates the show.
See it if you love Mark Twain, bluegrass-y music, and lovely performances. Plus, the orchestra was fantastic!
Don't see it if you like a fully staged show with big sets, a standard Broadway sound, or dislike musicals in general.
See it if you like Blue Grass, gospel, country, Twain, great performances, timeless themes, have never seen this Broadway classic, yearn to again
Don't see it if country music isn't your thing. That's going to be the biggest stumbling block; the rest of it's so wonderful it'll win you over!
See it if want to hear a uniquely wonderful score by Roger Miller, a loving adaptation, and the kind of production that gives Encores its reputation.
Don't see it if you don't like soulful country music or are not interested in a portrait of one of America's darkest periods made engaging by a great writer
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.
See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Nicholas Barasch. You want great songs and a great story.
Don't see it if If you do not like semi stages productions. You hate country music.
See it if Want a simple revival of this production with good singers but high school level staging
Don't see it if Are easy offended by the "N" word or bothered by productions dealing with slavery.
See it if Lover of amazing music and fun and beautiful story
Don't see it if If you are expecting a big set. It is just a stage mostly with a band. I will say I didn't miss the lack of scenery at all though
See it if you enjoy great acting and directing. I've enjoyed Lear DeBessonet's work at the Public and this was wonderful too.
Don't see it if you don't like country music. But the Encores orchestra is so talented, you will enjoy anyway! I found the lighting too bland.
See it if You love country music and are interested in the history of musical theatre (and Tony winners).
Don't see it if You can't see the point in adding music to Huck Finn. You think the book is a masterpiece and this musical is not.
See it if Huckleberry Finn told with country songs improves Twain's comic tale of fellow river travelers in an era of racial discord. Muddied waters.
Don't see it if Faithful to a fault with excessive narration runs a musical aground. Show occasionally soars but most songs just repeat what's understood.