“The Encores! production of Big River is, in a word, perfect. And, in a few other words, moving, powerful, and exhilarating.”
“The surprise 1985 Broadway hit sounds better than ever.”
“A buoyant Encores! production. 18-year-old Nicholas Barasch is a Huckleberry of irresistible sweetness.”
–The New York Times
A thoroughly original retelling of Mark Twain’s classic novel about friendship, freedom, and the untamed Mississippi, Big River was a musical underdog as scrappy and restless as Huckleberry Finn himself. The show was created in the age of British spectacles by a quintessentially American artist—the beloved country-western singer Roger Miller—and his Tony Award-winning score is a scintillating blend of bluegrass, gospel, and honky tonk. More than thirty years later, Big River remains an affecting journey through 1840s America in all its beauty and savagery. This February, join Encores! for the ride.
Big River is part of the 2017 Encores! season, which also includes The New Yorkers and The Golden Apple.
Encores! Big River highlights
Sneak Peek of Encores! Big River
Cast & Credits
Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Choreography by Josh Rhodes
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by Lear DeBessonet
Starring Stephen Lee Anderson, Nicholas Barasch, 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, David Pittu, Horace V. Rogers, Kyle Scatliffe, Christopher Sieber, and Lauren Worsham
Encores! Season Sponsors
Stacey and Eric Mindich
Nathalie and Pablo Salame
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!