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Big River - 1985 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

Based on the novel Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The production is based on the 2003 Broadway staging by the Roundabout Theatre Company and the American Deaf West Theatre. Huckleberry Finn narrates the story of Huck, a young man who takes a long journey to accompany an escaped slave named Jim on his quest for freedom. In the process, Huck learns a great deal about himself and about the developing country around him.



The show blends American Sign Language (ASL) with traditional choreography and staging, affording a unique opportunity for deaf and hearing actors to work collaboratively and provide accessibility to a wider audience. In this adaptation, every line and lyric is simultaneously performed in spoken (or sung) English and ASL, and interwoven with music, dance, and storytelling techniques from both hearing and deaf cultures.

History:

Original Production
Run Type:Open Run
Market:Broadway
Previews: April 05, 1985
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Closing:September 20, 1987

Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Broadway)

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Big River Frequently Asked Questions

What Tony Awards has Big River been nominated for?
Best Musical , Best Book of a Musical for Big River, Best Costume Design for Patricia McGourty, Best Direction of a Musical for Des McAnuffBest Lighting Design for Richard Riddell and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Roger Miller.

What Tony Awards has Big River won?
Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Big River Best Costume Design for Patricia McGourty and Best Direction of a Musical for Des McAnuff Best Lighting Design for Richard Riddell Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Roger Miller.

What other awards has Big River been nominated for?
Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Patricia McGourty, Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Richard Riddell, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Roger Miller, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Roger Miller, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Steven Margoshes, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Danny Troob, Outstanding Set Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Heidi Landesman, Costume Design (The Hewes Awards) for Patricia McGourtyLighting Design (The Hewes Awards) for Richard Riddell and Scenic Design (The Hewes Awards) for Heidi Landesman-Ettinger.

What other awards has Big River won?
Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Patricia McGourty, Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Richard Riddell, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Roger Miller, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Roger Miller, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Steven Margoshes, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Danny Troob, Outstanding Set Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Heidi Landesman Costume Design (The Hewes Awards) for Patricia McGourty and Lighting Design (The Hewes Awards) for Richard Riddell Scenic Design (The Hewes Awards) for Heidi Landesman-Ettinger.

What awards has Big River been nominated for?
Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Patricia McGourty, Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Richard Riddell, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Roger Miller, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Roger Miller, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Steven Margoshes, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Danny Troob, Outstanding Set Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Heidi Landesman, Costume Design (The Hewes Awards) for Patricia McGourtyLighting Design (The Hewes Awards) for Richard Riddell and Scenic Design (The Hewes Awards) for Heidi Landesman-Ettinger.

What awards has Big River won?
Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Patricia McGourty, Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Richard Riddell, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Roger Miller, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Roger Miller, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Steven Margoshes, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Danny Troob, Outstanding Set Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Heidi Landesman Costume Design (The Hewes Awards) for Patricia McGourty and Lighting Design (The Hewes Awards) for Richard Riddell Scenic Design (The Hewes Awards) for Heidi Landesman-Ettinger.

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.