Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sharon Playhouse Presents Big River

Sharon Playhouse presents the Tony Award-winning musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn July 21-31.

Based on Mark Twain’s "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Big River features a book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by Roger Miller. Playhouse Artistic Director John Simpkins directs. Jennifer Werner (Broadway's The Book of Mormon choreographs and James Cunningham is musical director.

The production features Joseph Allen (Huck), Nicholas Ward (Jim), Thomas Cannizzaro (Duke), Travis Mitchell (King/Pap), David Fanning (Judge), Alex Dorf (Tom), Carrie Lyn Brandon (Mary Jane), Ginny Rickard (Widow Douglas) Susan Hackel (Miss Watson), Galyana Castillo (Alice). The ensemble includes Tyler Altomari, Nick Case, Julia Hemp, Sarah Anne Fuller Hogewood, Jacqueline Minogue, Lily Autumn Page, Libby Rosenfield, Richard Spitaletta, Johnathan Teeling, and Aidan Wharton.

The design team: Josh Smith (scenery) Ken Wills (lighting), Michelle Humphrey (costumes), and Emma Wilk (sound). E. Sara Barnes is production stage manager. Geoff Josselson is casting director.

Big River played Broadway in 1985 and won six Tony Awards including Best Musical. It had a successful revival in 2003 by Roundabout Theatre Company and Deaf West.

Tickets are $15-$47:  www.sharonplayhouse.org ;860-364-7469; Sharon Playhouse, 49 Amenia Road, Sharon.

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