Haddonfield Plays & Players is proud to present Big River, running February 1 through 17.
In Roger Miller and William Hauptman's musical adaptation of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, rebellious teenager Huck takes off on a raft with runaway slave Jim and they encounter conmen, an orphaned family, and bigotry along the way.
"At its heart, Big River is about developing one's own morality and sense of right and wrong as opposed to adopting indoctrinated thought without question," said the show's director, Matthew Weil. "We often treat stories that were written over 100 years ago as irrelevant...Big River is shockingly alive and relevant."
While audiences today may not be familiar with Big River, it won seven Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 1985, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Featured Actor. Songs from the musical cross genres, featuring numbers in the style of classic Broadway show tunes, country, and bluegrass.
"I think this show has a lot of classic musical theatre to it — big numbers, fun moments, a couple fabulous ballads, and toe tapping comedy," said stage manager Sara Viniar. "But it also is full of delicious text work, especially from Huck, and is a show actors can really dig in to."
The production at HP&P is set within American Vaudeville, which was the popular form of entertainment during the point in time when Mark Twain wrote the novel. The classic episodic story structure of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn easily transfers into isolated vaudeville acts that provides the "cast of wayfaring misfits a wonderful playground of rich choices to explore," according to Weil.
"We have been very fortunate to assemble many of South Jersey's finest performers. It will be a wonderful night of music," said Weil.
Big River at HP&P is the must-see production of the winter theater season in South Jersey and kicks off the theater's landmark 85th Season!
Show Dates Thursday, February 1 at 7:30pm (Preview) Friday, February 2 at 8:00pm (Opening) Saturday, February 3 at 8:00pm Sunday, February 4 at 2:00pm Wednesday, February 7 at 8:00pm (Mid-week special) Friday, February 9 at 8:00pm Saturday, February 10 at 3:00pm (Markdown Matinee) & 8:00pm Sunday, February 11 at 2:00pm Thursday, February 15 at 8:00pm Friday, February 16 at 8:00pm (Date Night) Saturday, February 17 at 8:00pm
About Haddonfield Plays & Players - Celebrating our 85th Season! Haddonfield Plays & Players is a gathering of dedicated individuals who come together to provide quality theater at an affordable price to a wide range of Delaware Valley audiences, as well as to provide a creative outlet for non-professionals, all in an atmosphere of personal and social enrichment that is open to all persons with a commitment to non-profit theater. Haddonfield Plays and Players is located at 957 East Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield, NJ, 08033.