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Ahmanson Theatre
at the Music Center 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-628-2772
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15 reviews
14 stars
Very limited street parking and places to eat so come prepared to pay for parking and fed.
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13 stars
They changed Patina Restaurant in the courtyard. They made it smaller and changed to a price fixed menu. We arrived 1 1/2 hrs. early and couldn't get in. The taco bar was closed. We couldn't get into another restaurant and ended up getting a sandwich from the fast food kiosk.
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"Big River"
228 ratings
4.5 average rating
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109 events
12 reviews
26 stars
attended Jan 16 2005

This is a brilliant production. The staging is innovative and of the piece captures the essence of Mark Twain's characters better than any other adaptation I have ever seen.

The true soul of Big River is the interweaving of very distinct...continued

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scmusicals Red Velvet
75 events
4 reviews
92 stars
attended Jan 23 2005

A wonderful theatrical experience, blending hearing and deaf actors. The sets were highly imaginative as well. I'm only sorry I saw it on closing night...I would love to see it again!

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164 events
59 reviews
6 stars
attended Jan 22 2005

This is an amazing play! The concept of deaf actors and the use of sign language adds new layers to a beautifully adapted and faithful telling of an important piece of American literature! My daughters and I were really touched by this spectacular...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“A rare show that can truly be called groundbreaking.” TIME Magazine
“Filled with robust energy, strumming guitars, picking banjos and hoedown fiddling. Skillfully and cleverly directed by Jeff Calhoun.” The Daily Breeze
“Thrilling musical theatre, daringly conceived and beautifully executed. The show is a glorious realization of the art of theater storytelling…not to be missed.” Hollywood Reporter

Description

The thrilling score of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a mix of Cajun, gospel, folk, country and blues songs. The winner of six L.A. Ovation Awards and five L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, including Best Musical from both, Big River is a slice of pure Americana that has left critics struggling for superlatives and audiences scrambling for tickets.

Set in 1840s rural America, the musical follow the exploits of the irrepressible Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, as they explore life along the mighty Mississippi River. Along the way they meet the uproarious King and Duke, Tom Sawyer, and Huck’s father, the sinister Pap Finn. Don’t miss what TIME Magazine has called, “a rare show that can truly be called groundbreaking.”

Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller

Book by William Hauptman

Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain

Directed and Choreographed by Jeff Calhoun