The Voice's Javier Colon, will star Big River will hit Fairfield Theatre Companyâ€™s StageOne for a limited run of four performances, June 15-17, 2017.
Online PR News – 23-May-2017 – Fairfield/Connecticut – May 20, 2017 â€“ American singer-songwriter and the winner of NBC TVâ€™s first season of The Voice, Javier Colon, will star in Unquowa Repertory Theatreâ€™s inaugural production of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Big River in concert, led by theatre veterans Kirby and Beverly Ward, will hit Fairfield Theatre Companyâ€™s StageOne for a limited run of four performances, June 15-17, 2017.
Originally premiering on Broadway in 1984, Big River is the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Mark Twainâ€™s 1884 novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. With a stirring score by Roger Miller, Big Riverâ€™s roots are in bluegrass, classic country, and soaring gospel; the book by William Hauptmann is pure perfection in its faithfulness to Twainâ€™s original text.
A boon to the production, Colon has achieved international acclaim as a recording artist and will play the pivotal role of the strong-willed Jim, a runaway slave in pre-Civil War Missouri whoâ€™s determined to gain his freedom. Colon played the same role back in high school but says this time it is very different for him. â€śThere are parts where Iâ€™m reading the script and I have tears streaming down my face â€“ which didnâ€™t happen for me in high school. I hadnâ€™t lived enough. I hadnâ€™t experienced enough. But now I look at it in a whole new way.â€ť
Rehearsals are soon to get underway, something Colon is very excited about as he is relearning his lines. â€śI canâ€™t wait to get started, to get going, get into rehearsals and meet everybody. I know we are going to have an amazing cast of some seriously talented individuals that I look forward to meeting and working with. I look forward to working with Bev and Kirby. Itâ€™s going to be awesome.â€ť
This unique coming of age tale also features Juilliard School of Drama student Nicholas Podany as the mischievous Huck. The two set out on a journey bound for the free states of the North. For Huck, itâ€™s a grand adventure, but for Jim the dangers are deadly real. His grace ultimately leads Huck to question societyâ€™s notions about right and wrong, good and evil, and whether all men truly are created equal.
Colon and Podany are joined by a talented cast: Luke Steinhauer as Tom Sawyer; Cullen Titmas as Pap; Rick Hilsabeck as King; Dirk Lumbard as The Duke; Sally Eidman as Widow Douglas; Becca Schneider as Miss Watson; Elisabeth Evans as Mary Jane; Theresa Rowley as Jo/Susan; Amma Osei as Alice; Nya Muchai-Kinya as Aliceâ€™s daughter; DJ Plunkett as Simon/Young Fool; Mike Nappi as Dick/Doctor; and Jerrial T. Young and Rajane Katurah as Ensemble.
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will hit the boards at Fairfield Theatre Companyâ€™s intimate 225-seat StageOne venue for four performances only. June 15 and 16 at 8 pm, and June 17 at 2 and 8 p.m. For tickets, please visit: https://www.unquowarep.org/project/big-river/.