Event: Big River
Hit Songs: Do You Wanna Go to Heaven, River in the Rain, Guv'ment, Muddy Water
Major Awards: 8 Tony Awards, 9 Drama Desk Awards
Big River- Roots
The musical derives its core from the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; written by the very beloved and skillful, Mark Twain. The book for the musical is developed by William Hauptman, who drafts every sentence with absolute precision. The music and lyrics of the musical are written by multiple award-winning singer and songwriter, Roger Miller. With his deftness and gifted abilities, he brings in a classic touch to the musical.
Start of a Journey
Big River was first presented in February 1984 by the American Repertory Theater and later it moved to La Jolla Playhouse in June. It played there till July 1984 and closed after a series of hit shows. The popularity and success of the musical brought it to Broadway in April 1985 where it premiered at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The show finished its two-year run of 1005 performances and closed in September 1987.
In 1985, Big River won seven Tony and nine Drama Desk Awards and took Broadway by storm. A famous Australian production of the musical started in 1989 and made Big River an international success.
The buzz created by the musical lasted for years and in 2003, the show once again hit the Broadway. Presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company and Deaf West Theatre, the musical opened at the American Airlines Theatre. Winning much critical and commercial appreciation, the show completed a total of 67 performances before starting a US tour in 2004. In 2004, Big River won another Tony Award.
The excitement of the musical once again spread around as anticipating fans hogged Big River tickets, making it one of the greatest revivals of the time. After the tour ended in 2005, another production of the musical started in 2008. Produced by the Goodspeed Musicals, the show opened at the famous Connecticut Theater in September and played till November 2008. The current year marks the latest revival of the show, where it is entertaining multitudes of audiences throughout the country.
A New Theatrical Thrill
Gear up for a fresh musical ride with the enticing score by the legendary musician Roger Miller. Some amazing performances coupled with a potent storyline make the musical a refreshing theatrical experience for the viewers. This summer is nothing but a great time to enjoy this much loved and adored musical once again. The stage is set in Oklahoma City and Fort Worth for the presentation of this historical play, so don't miss out to enjoy t this thrill.