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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 
Eugene O'Neill Theatre, (4/25/1985 - 9/20/1987)
First Preview: Apr 05, 1985 Total Previews: 22
Opening Date: Apr 25, 1985    
Closing Date: Sep 20, 1987 Total Performances: 1005

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Along the Mississippi River Valley, sometime in the 1840's.



Production Staff [Collapse]
Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (under the direction of Richard G. Wolff, President)
Produced by Rocco Landesman, Heidi Landesman, Rick Steiner, M. Anthony Fisher and Dodger Productions; Associate Producer: Arthur Katz, Emily Landau, Fred Mayerson and TM Productions, Inc.
Originally produced by The American Repertory Theatre (Robert Brustein, Artistic Director; Robert J. Orchard, Managing Director); Subsequently produced by the LaJolla Playhouse (Des McAnuff, Artistic Director)
Music by Roger Miller; Lyrics by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain; Music orchestrated by Steven Margoshes and Danny Troob; Dance and Incidental Music: John Richard Lewis; Musical Director: Linda Twine; Vocal arrangements by Linda Twine
Production Staged by Des McAnuff; Choreographed by Janet Watson; Assistant to Mrs Watson: Andrew Asnes
Scenic Design by Heidi Landesman; Costume Design by Patricia McGourty; Lighting Design by Richard Riddell; Sound Design by Otts Munderloh; Associate Scenic Design: Robert Shaw; Hair Design by Angela Gari; Make-Up Design by Ann Belsky; Assistant to Mr. Riddell: Susan A. White
General Manager: David, Strong, Warner, Inc.; Company Manager: Sandra Carlson
Production Stage Manager: Frank Hartenstein; Stage Manager: Steven Adler; Assistant Stage Mgr: Marianne Cane
Musical Supervisor: Danny Troob; Assistant Conductor: Kenneth Kosek
Sound Effects by John Kilgore
Stage Movement by B. H. Barry; Fight direction by B. H. Barry; Casting: Stanley Soble and Jason La Padura; General Press Representative: Solters / Roskin / Friedman, Inc., Joshua Ellis, Adrian Bryan-Brown, Keith Sherman and Cindy Valk; Photographer: Martha Swope; Vocal Coach: Marge Rivingston; Dialect Coach: Tim Monich; Advertising: Serino, Coyne & Nappi
Cast
René AuberjonoisThe Duke
Evalyn BaronMiss Watson
Woman in Shanty
Harmonia Player
Reathel BeanMan on a Skiff
Lafe
Counselor Robinson
Hired Hand
Michael BrianDick
Ensemble
Andy
Man in the Crowd
Hired Hand
Susan BrowningWidow Douglas
Sally Phelps
Ralph ByersJudge Thatcher
Man on a Skiff
Harvey Wilkes
Silas Phelps
Patti CohenourMary Jane Wilkes
Gordon ConnellMark Twain
Doctor
Carol DennisEnsemble
Alice
the Wilkes' slave
Aramis EstevezSimon
Ensemble
John GoodmanPap Finn
Ensemble
Sheriff Bell
Hired Hand
Bob GuntonThe King
Peggy HarmonSusan Wilkes
Andi HenigJo Harper
Joanna Wilkes
a hare-lip
Elmore JamesEnsemble
Man on a Skiff
Daniel H. JenkinsHuckleberry Finn
Franz JonesEnsemble
Bill
a Servant
Ron RichardsonJim
John ShortTom Sawyer
Jennifer Leigh WarrenEnsemble
Alice's Daughter
William YoumansBen Rogers
Ensemble
Hank
A Young Fool
Swings: Peggy Harmon, George Merritt and Andrew Hill Newman
Understudies: Elmore James (Jim) and Andrew Hill Newman (Huckleberry Finn)
Theatre World
winner 1985 Award [recipient] 
  Patti Cohenour
Tony Award®
winner 1985 Best Musical [winner] 
 Produced by Rocco Landesman , Heidi Landesman , Rick Steiner , M. Anthony Fisher and Dodger Productions
winner 1985 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 
 Book by William Hauptman
winner 1985 Best Original Score [winner] 
 Music by Roger Miller ;  Lyrics by Roger Miller
winner 1985 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Ron Richardson
 1985 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Daniel H. Jenkins
 1985 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  René Auberjonois
winner 1985 Best Scenic Design [winner] 
  Heidi Landesman
 1985 Best Costume Design [nominee] 
  Patricia McGourty
winner 1985 Best Lighting Design [winner] 
  Richard Riddell
winner 1985 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 
  Des McAnuff
Drama Desk Award
winner 1985 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Ron Richardson
 1985 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Daniel H. Jenkins
winner 1985 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  René Auberjonois
 1985 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  John Short
 1985 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Bob Gunton
 1985 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  John Goodman
 1985 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Patti Cohenour
winner 1985 Outstanding Orchestration [winner] 
  Steven Margoshes and Danny Troob
winner 1985 Outstanding Lyrics [winner] 
 Lyrics by Roger Miller
winner 1985 Outstanding Music [winner] 
 Music by Roger Miller
 1985 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 
  Patricia McGourty
winner 1985 Outstanding Lighting Design [winner] 
  Richard Riddell
winner 1985 Outstanding Set Design [winner] 
 Scenic Design by Heidi Landesman
music by Roger Miller; lyrics by Roger Miller
ACT 1 Sung By
Do You Wanna Go To HeavenCompany
The BoysTom Sawyer and The Gang
Waitin' For The Light To ShineHuckleberry Finn
Guv'mentPap
Hand For The HogTom Sawyer
I, Huckleberry, MeHuckleberry Finn
Muddy WaterJim and Huckleberry Finn
Crossing OverSlaves and Overseer
River In The RainHuckleberry Finn and Jim
When The Sun Goes Down In The SouthDuke, King and Huckleberry Finn
ACT 2 Sung By
The Royal NonesuchDuke and Company
Worlds ApartJim and Huckleberry Finn
ArkansasA Young Fool
How Blest We AreAlice's Daughter and Company
You Oughta Be Here With MeMary Jane Wilkes, Susan Wilkes and Joanna Wilkes (a hare-lip)
How Blest We Are (Reprise) Company
Leavin's Not The Only Way To GoMary Jane Wilkes, Jim and Huckleberry Finn
Waitin' For The Light To Shine (Reprise) Huckleberry Finn
Free At LastJim
River In The Rain (Reprise) Huckleberry Finn and Jim
Muddy Water (Reprise) Company