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'Big River' flows agreeably at Slayton House Theater

'Big River' flows agreeably at Slayton House Theater

Life along the Mississippi River in the mid-19th century is revisited in "Big River." This 1985 Broadway musical, whose seven Tony Awards included Best Musical, agreeably flows along in the Silhouette Stages production at Slayton House Theater.

Based on Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," the show's music and lyrics by Roger Miller are pleasantly nostalgic in nature, and the book by William Hauptmann balances those nostalgic elements with more pointed observations about slavery.

Although this musical's score and script are not exactly inspired, they generally serve the source material well. You'll be glad you went along for this rafting...