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Big River - 1986 - US Tour

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.

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Big River US Tour Cast



 

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by Stage Tube - Sep 27, 2020
Today we celebrate the breathtaking Deaf West revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's adolescent rock musical, Spring Awakening, which opened on Broadway on this day in 2015.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2020
New York Deaf Theatre has announced their 40th Anniversary Gala. This year NYDT honoring Obie Award nominee, Deaf actress and advocate, Alexandria Wailes, alongside newly appointed Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons, Adam Greenfield.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2020
The first virtual Helen Hayes Awards ceremony kicked off with the first night of its multi-night event last night, August 31.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 6, 2020
Today's top stories: One Royal Holiday trailer (Aaron Tveit & Laura Osnes), trailer for What the Constitution Means to Me on Amazon Prime Video, and more!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 3, 2020
Today we rewind to 2017, for the Encores! presentation of Big River. Directed by Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, Big River starred Nicholas Barasch, Charlie Franklin, Annie Golden, David Pittu, Kyle Scatliffe, Christopher Sieber, Lauren Worsham, and more. 
by Joseph Harrison - Oct 3, 2020
As those of us who spend significant time in the theatre know, the last six months have been very difficult. With canceled productions, performers out of work, and audiences without the live entertainment that enlightens and enriches their lives, there has been much uncertainty, on top of all the concerns for our own health and well-being. As someone who used to be in the audience reviewing productions almost every week pre-pandemic, I have missed the regular cadence of seeing, and writing about theatre. So, while we wait for things to get back to normal (or a new normal), I wanted to take a moment to spotlight some of the local creative professionals here in Orlando who bring theatrical magic to life on stage. To start, I sat down with Cliff Price, the creative designer behind some of the beautiful and creative scenic designs that audiences have seen in theaters across Central Florida over the last twenty years. Cliff shared with me his creative process, his perspective on the importance of good design and some of his favorite past designs.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2020
American Repertory Theater has announced today details about the first three events in the theater's new Behind the Scenes series with the writers, directors, composers, and choreographers who are making work at the A.R.T.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2020
Return home to TADA safely, wisely and enthusiastically as the award-winning TADA Theatre in Lincoln's Haymarket hosts the celebration of TADA Production's 20th year bringing quality, affordable theatre to Lincoln.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2020
Today on Friday, October 16th at 7pm, a special virtual reading of 'One Empire, Under God' - Anthony J. Piccione's new full-length drama exploring religious extremism & right-wing populism - will be broadcast via Zoom to monthly patrons on Patreon, as well as selected invited guests. Immediately after the reading, there will be a talkback - moderated by co-producer Jay Michaels - featuring the playwright, director & cast.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2020
Drag Out The Vote, a national, nonpartisan voter engagement nonprofit, announced a streaming Drag and Broadway diva extravaganza to promote voter participation and increase voter awareness of key issues concerning the LGBTQIA+ community and the 2020 election.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2020
Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage will continue its 34th Season with It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, just in time for the holiday season.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2020
Due to rising regional and national cases related to the coronavirus pandemic, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site will temporarily close to the public starting Monday, Nov. 23. Virtual programming such as the scheduled monthly Cabinet Conversations (Dec. 17), Virtual Play Readings (Dec. 10) and distance-learning events will continue.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2020
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen actor Lawrence Clayton has died at age 64. The news was shared with BroadwayWorld by multiple friends and former castmates of Clayton's.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2020
Today (July 9) in live streaming: The Public Theater premieres The Line, Bernadette Peters visits Stars in the House, and so much more!
by Stage Tube - Jul 9, 2020
Paper Mill Playhouse has shared a flashback installment of its Humanitarian Symposium Series taking an inside look at critics and criticism. 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2020
Producer Mark Cortale has announced that Edmund Bagnell, 1st Violinist & vocalist of the internationally acclaimed group Well-Strung, will bring his new solo show He Plays The Violin in Provincetown this summer the The Crown & Anchor's new outdoor waterside venue, from August 5 to September 2.
by Jeffrey Kare - Jul 27, 2020
On June 8th, North Carolina Theatre announced that based on recommendations from the City of Raleigh and given the circumstances surrounding the current health pandemic, they ended up canceling the remainder of their 2019-20 Season, which includes productions of Memphis, The Sound of Music, and Edges.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2020
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Stage and Screen Actor Michael Mandell Has Died. His cause of death has not been confirmed.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2020
When Broadway was enjoying its Golden Age, seldom did an audience begin a night at the theatre without first receiving a treat from the orchestra. While the prominence of Broadway overtures has waned in the modern age of musical theatre, the tradition remains as one of the most beloved staples of the artform.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2020
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's production of Paul Gordon's Pride and Prejudice is now streaming on Amazon
by Stage Tube - Jul 10, 2020
Join Paper Mill on the set of their 1997 production of Big River for an interesting and educational evening on the life and works of Mark Twain.
by BWW Staff - Jan 5, 2021
Winners have been announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Arkansas Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade! 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2021
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) production of Soul to Soul, the electrifying and emotionally captivating theatrical concert that explores the parallels between African American and Jewish music, will be presented virtually this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2021
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet; The Color Purple, Broadway), Kristin Chenoweth (Descendants; Wicked, Broadway), and Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss (SIX co-creators) have joined the talent appearing at the 2021 Junior Theater Festival Online Extravaganza! (JTF OE).
by Student Blogger: Leah Packer - Jan 22, 2021
Monique has worn a plethora of artistic hats, spanning from actor to director, and hitting almost every step in between.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2021
When the theater's 2021 season comes to a close, Artistic Director Greg Vinkler will step down from administrative duties and retire. Linda Fortunato, a dedicated company member of 17 seasons at Peninsula Players, has been appointed associate artistic director and will work alongside Vinkler throughout the 2021 season.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2021
Up next in First Stage's Virtual Season of Plays is ESCAPE FROM PELIGRO ISLAND - A CREATE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE PLAY, written by award-winning, internationally renowned children's playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer (THE SNOW, 2015 and ANTARCTICA, WI, 2018) and directed by First Stage Artistic Director Jeff Frank.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2021
Art House Productions has announced their first audio play, Black Tom Island by Martin Casella available starting Monday, January 18 at 10:00am EST. A free virtual panel discussion about the actual event featuring historians and the play's creative team will take place on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00pm EST on Zoom.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2021
Digital Theatre+ has brought together some of Broadway's leading talent for Musical Matters, a 5-episode conversation series exploring inclusivity and representation in musical theatre. Hosted by actor, writer, and advocate for inclusion Christine Toy Johnson, each episode of the series focuses on the lived experiences of the featured artists.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2020
On Thursday night, December 10, Broadway fans will have a new reason to rejoice. That's because NBC is celebrating the holidays with a special tribute to Broadway with a two-hour special- One Night Only: The Best of Broadway. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2020
Florida Repertory Theatre's 2020 PlayLab Festival of New Works continues with a reading of 'A Sherlock Carol' by Mark Shanahan on Dec. 10 at 7 PM, and brings together an all-star cast of Broadway veterans, a Tony-nominee, and Florida Rep's ensemble members. The final event of the festival is the Playwrights' Panel discussion held live on Zoom Dec. 11 at 3:30 PM.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 20, 2020
This week's Theater Stories features the American Airlines Theatre! Learn about the Tony-winning plays to grace the stage, including 12 Angry Men, The Constant Wife and more; the theatre's upcoming shows 1776 and Birthday Candles, and much more!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2020
Florida Repertory Theatre's 2020 PlayLab Festival of New Works continues Dec. 3 and 10 with live 7 PM Zoom readings of 'White Party' by Brent Askari and 'A Sherlock Carol' by Mark Shanahan. The Festival closes with a Playwrights' Panel discussion on Dec. 11 at 3:30 PM, where the festival playwrights talk about their craft and take questions from audiences.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2020
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) production of Soul to Soul, the electrifying and emotionally captivating theatrical concert that explores the parallels of African American and Jewish history, will be presented virtually this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2020
 Next up in First Stage's 2020/21 Virtual Season of Plays is THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. This adventurous, romantic comedy directed by Marcella Kearns has it all - love, betrayal, hidden identities, a gang of gentlemen outlaws - even a double wedding!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2020
Goodspeed has announced a new fun and foot-stomping evening of live music featuring fan-favorite David Lutken and The Seat Of The Pants Band. Based on the huge success of the first set of outdoor concerts, Goodspeed Musicals has scheduled three new weekends of jubilant Americana music by the riverside!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2020
Ford's Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced that Sheldon Epps will join the theatre's leadership team as Senior Artistic Advisor. Epps steps into the new role as the theatre reevaluates its 2020-2021 season amid the national reckoning for racial justice and the impacts of COVID-19 on live performances.