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Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the greatest creations in American fiction. This tale of adventure and self-discovery begins on a raft on the Mississippi River in the 1840s, where Huck, escaping from his drunken father, meets up with Jim, a runaway slave. The story of their journey downstream is an American classic that captures the rhythms, sounds and spirit of life on the big river. The musical numbers include "Do You Want to Go To Heaven," "Waiting for the Light To Shine," "Hand for the Hog," "Muddy Water," "When the Sun Goes Down in the South" and "Worlds Apart." Big River includes deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing actors performing with both spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL), interweaving music, voice, sign language, dance and storytelling techniques from both hearing and deaf cultures into a unique theatrical event.

History:

Revival
Run Type:Limited Run
Market:Broadway
Previews: July 01, 2003
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Closing:September 21, 2003

American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)

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Big River Frequently Asked Questions

What other awards has Big River been nominated for?
Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Big River.

What other awards has Big River won?
Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Big River.

What awards has Big River been nominated for?
Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Big River.

What awards has Big River won?
Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Big River.

What songs are in Big River and what's the order?
Do Ya Wanna Go to Heaven?
The Boys
Waitin' for the Light to Shine
Guv'ment
Hand for the Hog
I, Huckleberry, Me
Muddy Water
Crossing Over
River in the Rain
When the Sun Goes Down in the South
The Royal Nonesuch
Worlds Apart
Arkansas
How Blest We Are
You Oughta Be Here with Me
Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go
Free at Last
Eat Your Greens
How Much Does It Cost to New Orleans

What is the order of songs in Big River and what's the order?
Do Ya Wanna Go to Heaven?
The Boys
Waitin' for the Light to Shine
Guv'ment
Hand for the Hog
I, Huckleberry, Me
Muddy Water
Crossing Over
River in the Rain
When the Sun Goes Down in the South
The Royal Nonesuch
Worlds Apart
Arkansas
How Blest We Are
You Oughta Be Here with Me
Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go
Free at Last
Eat Your Greens
How Much Does It Cost to New Orleans

What productions of Big River have there been?
Big River has had 8 productions including Broadway which opened in 1985, Broadway which opened in 1985, US Tour which opened in 1986, US Tour which opened in 1987, Milburn, NJ (Regional) which opened in 1997, Broadway which opened in 2003, Broadway which opened in 2003 and US Tour which opened in 2004.