Mark Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful, and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel, and leaving you humming tunes such as “River in the Rain,” “Worlds Apart,” and the rousing anthem “Free at Last.”
June 30 – September 1, 2018
Randall L. Jones Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Roger MIllerBook by William HauptmanAdapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Melissa Rain Anderson
Based on Mark Twain’s classic American novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Big River contains the “n-word,” consistent with the times and themes Twain and the musical adaptors were writing about. The language forces audiences to confront the inhumanity of slavery and intolerance, which is far more insidious and toxic than the offensive language associated with it. To eliminate or otherwise diminish the language, would make it more difficult to find meaning and discover the insights and genius of Twain and the Broadway musical creators. The play can be a thoughtful and heart-warming piece of theatre for any audience.