Original Cast CD (2002)

Artist: Big River

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Label Uni/mca
SKU 60142405
UPC 076732614723
UPC 14 00076732614723
Format CD
Release Date 1/1/2002
Author Big River
Associated Artist/Work Original Cast
Technical Info
CatalogID 6147
Lable Name MCA
Released 10/25/1990
Original Release 1988
Number of Discs 1
Length 45m : 57s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
Album Notes and Credits
Composed by Roger Miller.
Although Roger Miller is best known for his 1960s country-pop hits (most notably "King of the Road" and "Dang Me"), the Texas-born singer/songwriter received acclaim--and a Tony Award--late in his life for his work on the 1985 Broadway musical BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. From its orchestral, bluegrass-tinged opening "Overture" to its celebratory closing, "Muddy Water (Reprise)," the production deftly fuses Mark Twain's timeless story with Miller's effortlessly charming, easy-going sensibility, as best revealed on the gentle, yearning "Waitin' for the Light to Shine" (performed by Cat Stevens sound-alike Daniel H. Jenkins as Huck) and the thoughtful duet "River in the Rain" (which also features Ron Richardson as Jim). Sadly, Miller died in '92, while only in his mid-50s, leaving BIG RIVER as his last major achievement. Though Miller doesn't sing on the album, it marks a latter-day high point in his relatively short but impressive career, and is recommended listening for his devoted fans.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (11/6/92, p.66) - Rating: A
Disc 1
1 Overture
2 Do Ya Wanna Go To Heaven?
3 Boys, The
4 Waitin' For The Light To Shine
5 Guv'ment
6 Hand For The Hog
7 I, Huckleberry, Me
8 Muddy Water
9 Crossing, The
10 River In The Rain
11 When The Sun Goes Down In The South
12 Entracte
13 Royal Nonesuch, The
14 Worlds Apart
15 Arkansas / How Blest We Are
16 You Oughta Be Here With Me
17 Leavin's Not The Only Way To Go
18 Waitin' For The Light To Shine (reprise)
19 Free At Last
20 Muddy Water (reprise)

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