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GROUNDED, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, BAD JEWS and More Set for Season 21 at Mad Cow TheatreGROUNDED, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, BAD JEWS and More Set for Season 21 at Mad Cow Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Voyages of discovery - of places and people, of others and of self - will captivate, entertain and transform audiences in Mad Cow Theatre's Season 21, which downtown Orlando's resident professional theatre company will open Sept. 22, 2017 in Mad Cow's home at 54 W. Church St., Orlando. (more...)

BWW Review: Encores!'s BIG RIVER Matches Mark Twain's Humor With Roger Miller's MelodiesBWW Review: Encores!'s BIG RIVER Matches Mark Twain's Humor With Roger Miller's Melodies
by Michael Dale - Feb 12, 2017

One would assume that Mark Twain would have been amused that his 1884 novel condemning America's history of enslavement of Africans, 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,' has occasionally been condemned itself as racist literature for its realistic use of a certain slur. (more...)

Review Roundup: BIG RIVER Opens the 2017 Season at Encores!Review Roundup: BIG RIVER Opens the 2017 Season at Encores!
by Review Roundups - Feb 9, 2017

First up in Encores! 2017 season is Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the Tony Award-winning musical based on Mark Twain's classic American novel. Big River will star Nicholas Barasch, Patrice Covington, Andrew Cristi, Wayne Duvall, Mike Evariste, Charlie Franklin, Annie Golden, Katherine A. Guy, Megan Masako Haley, Adrianna Hicks, Zachary Infante, Gizel Jimenez, Andrew Kruep, John-Michael Lyles, Cass Morgan, Tom Nelis, David Pittu, Tom Alan Robbins, Horace V. Rogers, Kyle Scatliffe, Christopher Sieber, and Lauren Worsham. (more...)

Breaking: Nicholas Barasch, Charlie Franklin, Kyle Scatliffe, and More to Star in Encores! BIG RIVER - Full Cast Set!Breaking: Nicholas Barasch, Charlie Franklin, Kyle Scatliffe, and More to Star in Encores! BIG RIVER - Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel today announced casting for the Encores! production of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the Tony Award-winning musical based on Mark Twain's classic American novel. (more...)

Slow Burn Theatre to Stage 'HUNCHBACK', TITANIC and More in 2016-17Slow Burn Theatre to Stage 'HUNCHBACK', TITANIC and More in 2016-17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

South Florida's acclaimed Slow Burn Theatre Company has announced its upcoming 2016-17 season, featuring four blockbuster musicals that will be presented exclusively at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Float Down the BIG RIVER with St. Luke's TheaterFloat Down the BIG RIVER with St. Luke's Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

St. Luke's United Methodist Church is proud to present Big River, based on Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (more...)

St. Luke's United Methodist Church to Present BIG RIVERSt. Luke's United Methodist Church to Present BIG RIVER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Music by Roger Miller | Lyrics by Roger Miller | Book by William Hauptman | Directed by Steve McKinnon Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain (more...)

Float Down the BIG RIVER with St. Luke's TheaterFloat Down the BIG RIVER with St. Luke's Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

St. Luke's United Methodist Church is proud to present Big River, based on Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (more...)

Sharon Playhouse to Stage BIG RIVER, 7/21-31Sharon Playhouse to Stage BIG RIVER, 7/21-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, proudly presents the Tony Award-winning musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with performances July 21 through July 31 at Sharon Playhouse (49 Amenia Road). Opening Night is Thursday, July 21 at 7:00pm. (more...)

St. Luke's United Methodist Church to Present BIG RIVERSt. Luke's United Methodist Church to Present BIG RIVER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Music by Roger Miller | Lyrics by Roger Miller | Book by William Hauptman | Directed by Steve McKinnon Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain (more...)

Gordon Connell, BIG RIVER's Original Mark Twain, Dies at 93Gordon Connell, BIG RIVER's Original Mark Twain, Dies at 93
by Michael Dale - Jun 24, 2016

A frequent performer on and off Broadway, Connell was married to actress Jane Connell. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BIG RIVER at Musical Theater HeritageBWW Reviews: BIG RIVER at Musical Theater Heritage
by Alan Portner - Jun 6, 2016

MTH's 'Big River' Soars (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Musical Theater Heritage's BIG RIVERPhoto Flash: First Look at Musical Theater Heritage's BIG RIVER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

MTH (your source for all things Musical Theater in Kansas City) will present 20 performances of BIG RIVER, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, winner of 7 Tony Awards in 1985 including Best Musical and Best Original Score by Roger Miller(King of the Road). This unjustly forgotten masterpiece stands as a dazzling, heartwarming slice of musical Americana and the final crowning achievement in one of country music's most celebrated careers. Miller's music is a perfect fit toMark Twain's classic American story of Huckleberry Finn, adapted for the musical byWilliam Hauptman. (more...)

BWW Review: Hale Centre Theatre's BIG RIVER is a Literal RushBWW Review: Hale Centre Theatre's BIG RIVER is a Literal Rush
by Tyler Hinton - Jun 2, 2016

Hale Centre Theatre's production of BIG RIVER in West Valley is joyous and tender, with a literal rush of water that amazes. If you're a fan of Huck Finn's story and have never experienced this musical retelling, this BIG RIVER is worth taking a raft ride down. (more...)

Tony Winner Karen Ziemba to Star in GYPSY at Sharon Playhouse; Klea Blackhurst, Elizabeth Franz & More Also on Tap for 2016 SeasonTony Winner Karen Ziemba to Star in GYPSY at Sharon Playhouse; Klea Blackhurst, Elizabeth Franz & More Also on Tap for 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, announces casting and creative teams for the 2016 summer season of musicals and plays Gypsy; Big River; Quartet; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; and the new musical, Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court. (more...)

Musical Theater Heritage to Present BIG RIVERMusical Theater Heritage to Present BIG RIVER
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

MTH (your source for all things Musical Theater in Kansas City) will present 20 performances of BIG RIVER, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, winner of 7 Tony Awards in 1985 including Best Musical and Best Original Score by Roger Miller (King of the Road). This unjustly forgotten masterpiece stands as a dazzling, heartwarming slice of musical Americana and the final crowning achievement in one of country music's most celebrated careers. Miller's music is a perfect fit to Mark Twain's classic American story of Huckleberry Finn, adapted for the musical by William Hauptman. (more...)

Slow Burn Theatre to Stage 'HUNCHBACK', TITANIC and More in 2016-17Slow Burn Theatre to Stage 'HUNCHBACK', TITANIC and More in 2016-17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

South Florida's acclaimed Slow Burn Theatre Company has announced its upcoming 2016-17 season, featuring four blockbuster musicals that will be presented exclusively at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Sharon Playhouse's Summer 2016 Season to Feature BIG RIVER, GYPSY & MoreSharon Playhouse's Summer 2016 Season to Feature BIG RIVER, GYPSY & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, announces the 2016 summer season of musicals and plays Gypsy; Big River; Quartet; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; and the new musical, Judge Jackie:  Disorder in the Court. (more...)

BWW Review: MUSICAL MONDAY AND TUESDAY Opens to the Delight of Kansas City AudiencesBWW Review: MUSICAL MONDAY AND TUESDAY Opens to the Delight of Kansas City Audiences
by Steve Wilson - Feb 17, 2015

The first offering for 2015 of Musical Monday and Tuesday opened Monday night February 16 at the Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center. Musical Monday has always been an audience favorite and for 2015, Musical Theater Heritage added Tuesdays to the performance schedule. Hosted by Tim Scott the production featured songs from the Broadway musical Big River, bluegrass, and country. The production was like a big river out of its banks flooding the theater with fantastic vocals by some of the best vocalist in Kansas City. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 10/19/2014Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 10/19/2014
by BWW - Oct 19, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/19/2014 for Washington, DC (more...)

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