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  Big River at Theatre At The Center

Big River

Theatre At The Center
1040 Ridge Rd Munster

Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, this musical telling of Mark Twain's treasured tale features songs and music by Roger Miller, who created such hits as "King of the Road" and "Dang Me." Led by melodies of country, bluegrass and gospel, join the humorous and harrowing river journey of Huck and his friend Jim as they meet up with con-artists, reunite with Tom Sawyer and encounter a collection of characters as only imagined by one of America's greatest writers.

Thru - Oct 15, 2017

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 219-836-3255

  Big River Reviews
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Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...William Hauptman (book) and Roger Miller ( music and lyrics) decided that these characters were ready for the Broadway stage and so they made a musical based on the characters and the ideas of Twain relating to same. The play, "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book and Score. The music, by the way, is a great combination of "Country", "Bluegrass" and" Gospel", and this particular story tells of the funny and sometimes dangerous river journey that was taken by young Huckleberry Finn ( a wonderful performance by James Romney, a loveable actor/singer that captivates the warmth and soul that Twain wrote into Finn) and his friend Jim ( played to sheer perfection by Jonathan Butler-Duplessis- what a voice!) as Huck attempts to help him find his "freedom". Along the way, they encounter con-men ( two solid performances by Brett Tuomi and the extraordinary Jason Richards)."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...Based upon Mark Twainís classic novel, found on practically every high school studentís summer reading list these days, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn unfolds like an pre-Civil War Southern version of Candide. Like Voltaireís novel, itís about a young manís journey toward meaning and self-discovery. Episodic and peppered with pain, humor and a cast of eccentric characters, Huck travels onward and learns many valuable lessons about life and the human race."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Recommended

"...Indeed, the music is a huge asset to a plot that reads better than it displays on stage. Which is not to say Big River doesn't deserve its accolades. It simply would benefit from some creative editing of scenes that go on too long and characters with too much stage time during which the stories of Huck and Jim aren't front and center."
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Barry Reszel

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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