Big River at SU

Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and nominated for 10 NAACP Theatre Awards, Big River comes to the Frank Arts Center Theater! Don't miss Shepherd University's production of Big River on Friday and Saturday, February 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 7 and 14 at 3:00 p.m.

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a musical with a book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by "King of the Road" country music icon Roger Miller, based on Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel Adventures of Hucklebery Finn. A Tony Award-winner for Best Original score, it features a jubilant score of cajun, gospel, folk, country and blues to accompany the irrepressible Huck Finn on a musical journey as he helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. Big River is a hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming celebration of pure Americana.

William Hauptman won the 1985 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Big River. His plays include Heat, Domino Courts (Obie Award) and Gillette (LA Drama-Logue Award). His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories anthology, The Atlantic Monthly and Southwest Review. Mr. Hauptman has also written screenplays for film and television, garnering an Emmy nomination and an NAACP Freedom Foundation Award, and was a guest professor at the Texas Center for Writers, a program of the University of Texas in Austin. William Hauptman was born in Texas and attended the University of Texas and the Yale School of Drama.

Admission and seating for Big River is on a first come-first serve basis and advance sales or reservations are not available. The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. General admission is $15, $10 for faculty, staff and students 18 and under, and free for Shepherd students with Rambler ID and Friends of Music Gold and Silver MAC Cardholders. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit