Today’s featured event:
See Lyric Theatre’s production of the musical “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” at 7:30 tonight at the Civic Center, 201 N Walker. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.
In 1985, Oklahoma-bred country music singer-songwriter Roger Miller defied the odds and produced “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Inspired by Mark Twain’s 1884 novel, the folksy musical earned seven Tony Awards, including one as Best Musical, and enjoyed a 2½-year run on the Great White Way, according to The Oklahoman Fine Arts Editor Rick Rogers.
Lyric Theatre will close its 50th anniversary season of musicals this month with “Big River,” a production starring Alex Enterline as Huck Finn and Derrick Cobey as the black slave Jim.
“I got into the play and ideas just seemed to come to me,” Miller told The Oklahoman in a 1990 interview; he died two years later. “I felt a great kinship to it, and I could just hear the songs. I kind of knew where the music (should come in) and what temperature a song should be in a certain place.
“I (also) really felt like I pulled a lot from my own boyhood. I was the same kind of kid (as Huck) who wanted to smoke and not go to school. Without sounding corny, I sort of mentally just stood in the middle of the field down in Erick, OK (where Miller grew up), for a lot of it and I could feel the wind blowing, the heat of a summer day and the flies swarming around me.”
To read more of Rick’s preview story on “Big River,” click here.
For more information, go to www.lyrictheatreokc.com.
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