We’re delighted to announce casting for the Encores! production of Big River, Roger Miller’s Tony Award-winning musical about friendship, freedom, and the untamed Mississippi. Fresh off his Theatre World Award-winning turn as Arpad in She Loves Me, Nicholas Barasch will make his Encores! debut as the scrappy, restless dreamer Huckleberry Finn, who flees “sivilization” by way of a makeshift raft on the Mississippi River. His copilot: the runaway slave Jim (The Color Purple’s Kyle Scatliffe, also making his Encores! debut). Along the way, they encounter 1840s America in all its beauty and savagery—as epitomized by the mourning innocent Mary Jane Wilkes (Lauren Worsham) and the deliciously seedy theatricals known as the Duke (Christopher Sieber) and the King (Tony Sheldon).
Worsham, Sieber, and Sheldon are no strangers to City Center. Here’s a look at their past Encores! outings:
Lauren Worsham with Rob McClure in the 2011 Encores! production of Where’s Charley?, photographed by Sara Krulwich.
Christopher Sieber with Rema Webb in the 2013 Encores! Off-Center production of Violet, photographed by Joan Marcus.
Tony Sheldon with Laura Osnes and Brian Stokes Mitchell in the 2014 Encores! Special Event The Band Wagon, photographed by Joan Marcus.
Big River will be directed by Obie Award winner Lear DeBessonet, who led the Encores! Off-Center production of Pump Boys and Dinettes in 2014. The show will also star Patrice Covington, Andrew Cristi, Wayne Duvall, Mike Evariste, Charlie Franklin, Annie Golden, Katherine A. Guy, Megan Masako Haley, Adrianna Hicks, Zachary Infante, Gizel Jimenez, Andrew Kruep, John-Michael Lyles, Cass Morgan, Tom Nelis, and Horace V. Rogers.
Big River will run eight performances only at City Center from February 8-12, 2017.