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Theater Wit
1229 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60657
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"Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (The Musical)"
18 ratings
4.6 average rating
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6 events
2 reviews
12 stars
attended Sep 10 2010

Fantastic show! The music was great, the performers were passionate, the whole thing was just an all around great time. Go see it if you can.

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3 reviews
4 stars
attended Sep 11 2010

Wonderful production with great vocals. Love the new space at Theatre Wit. Staging and production values are strong. Highly recommend this production.

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165 reviews
24 stars
attended Sep 11 2010

The voices were great, especially the actors playing Huck and Jim. The new space affords lots of new options, but the movement of the actors from one area to another as they prepared for their entrances on stage was distracting. Overall, a very...continued

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Description

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps audiences down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. The two ride a raft down the Big River and all goes well until they pick up The King and The Duke, two scalliwags one step ahead of the law.

Good-hearted Huck insists on helping them out and only discovers his mistake when they try to rob a trusting Southern family and sell Jim. Huck struggles with his feelings over Jim’s plan to steal back his wife and children. On one hand, he sympathizes with Jim. On the other, he perceives it as stealing someone else’s “property.” Twain uses the reflections of an uneducated 12-year-old boy in 1876 as a pointed shaft at American racism.

Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life favorite characters from the novel: the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck’s partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck’s drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family.

Propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, a master of country music, _Big River’s _jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. The late Miller’s score draws from an eclectic collection of musical styles including Cajun, gospel, blues and country. The 1985 Broadway production garnered seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The poduction, directed by Peter Marston Sullivan with music direction by Nicholas Davio, kicks off Bohemian Theatre Ensemble’s new season as the resident theatre company at Theater Wit.

<em>Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera</em> <em>The Wiz</em> Blue Man Group Chicago <em>STOMP</em> <em>Crazy For You</em> <em>Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA</em> <em>The Illusionists -- Live From Broadway</em> <em>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</em> <em>My Fair Lady</em> Ballet Chicago's <em>The Nutcracker</em> Joffrey Ballet's <em>The Nutcracker</em> <em>Thrones! The Musical Parody</em>