2019 Mainstage Season 21
Coming of Age
Tony Award-Winning Musical
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Based on “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain”
Directed by Kirby Ward
October 23 – November 10, 2019
Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, this rollicking river adventure is based on Mark Twain’s timeless 1884 novel. The irrepressible, rebellious young Huck resists polite society and his abusive father and takes off on a raft with runaway slave Jim, encountering wild extremes of greed, bigotry, kindness and love along the way. Twain’s memorable characters are brought to vivid life – from the Widow Douglas and her stern sister to two uproariously funny con men; from Huck’s partner in crime Tom Sawyer and their rowdy gang of pals to the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by a soul-stirring score of country, pop, gospel and bluegrass music created by Roger Miller, this jaunty journey is a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana and a powerful coming-of-age story.
World Premiere Theatrical Concert
I Dig Rock and Roll Music: A Celebration of Folk-Rock Then and Now
Conceived by George Grove, James O’Neil and Dan Wheetman
Directed by James O’Neil
September 11 – 29, 2019
In the encore run of this World Premiere theatrical concert, six talented singer/songwriters perform songs of protest and passion, moving audiences from the moment Dylan picked up the electric guitar at Newport in 1965 through the 1970s. The show includes songs made famous by The Eagles, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Carole King, Cat Stevens and The Beatles; with original songs by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary and the cast. The concert is created by Ovation Award-winner James O’Neil, Lifetime Grammy Award-winner George Grove, and Tony nominee and L.A.D.C.C. winner Dan Wheetman.