Review On Big River: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn


Philip Brandes

Non-Registered Critics

William Hauptman’s adaptation faithfully honors the meandering, episodic structure of Twain’s novel. Roger Miller’s score, an artfully crafted regional mix of country, bluegrass, pop and gospel, is woven so seamlessly into these scenic snapshots that it doesn’t lend itself to stand-alone hits. The effect is more like a story with music.

In revisiting the piece, directors Kirby and Beverly Ward lean into that difference with an environmental staging that emphasizes intimacy over spectacle.