Tuesday, February 24, 2009

audition for *Big River*

Monday-Tuesday, March 2-3, at 6:30 pm
at the Harding Family Center, 411 N. 15th St., CdA
for the Lake City Playhouse production (May 8-23) of the 1985 musical with music and lyrics by Roger Miller and book by William Hauptmann

Director Brian Doig is looking for 6 women, 6 men and ensembles of 10-15.

Huck and Jim float down the Mississippi and have themselves some fine adventures, sho' 'nuff.

Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., CdA
(20) 667-1323

Trivia time: What *Deep Space Nine* cast member was in the original production of *Big River*? And when director Des McAnuff was trying out the show at the La Jolla Playhouse, what future and highly influential Spokane theater critic** did Roger Miller find himself face to face with?
(**This five-word phrase appears in your dictionary next to "oxymoron.")

Study the IBDb entry here.

Frank Rich's 1985 review in the N.Y. Times is here. And John Goodman played Pap! I'd forgotten that.

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At February 25, 2009 6:00 PM , Blogger Bobo the Theater Ho said...

Mark Taper Forum A.D. Michael Ritchie, in Lisa Fung's story about the theater canceling its *Lieutenant of Inishmore* this summer, adds that "there have been “whispers of interest” regarding the CTG-Deaf West co-production of “Pippin,” with hopes that it will follow the path taken by an earlier CTG-Deaf West collaboration, “Big River,” which moved from the Taper to Broadway in 2003.


So, fingers crossed for another Deaf-West triumph with one of Bobo's musical faves. Reviews of the Deaf West *Big River* spoke of the weird, bewitching choreography of, at times, the entire cast signing in unison as they sang. Wish I'd seen it.


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