A runaway boy and a runaway slave travel the Mississippi in this musical version of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
Downriver was the first musical adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to grace the New York Stage. Downriver misses none of the fun in Twain's greatest work, while illuminating its central themes of freedom and responsibility, providing meaty classic roles for its two leads.
Huck Finn is on the run from a conformative, boring life in St. Petersburg, Missouri. En route to his freedom, he crosses paths with his former caretaker's slave, Jim. Together, they go on the adventure of a lifetime down the Mighty Mississippi, where they meet a duo of schemers who rope them into a series of deceptive performances. Although the two unlikely friends come face to face with danger in ways that they could never have imagined, good fortune (literally and figuratively) is waiting just around the final bend for Huck and Jim.
Downriver tells this iconic American tale in a few unique ways that will surprise and delight even audiences familiar with the story. With a perfectly twangy and incredibly hummable score from country recording artist, John Braden, it's an acoustic musician's dream to play; and Jeff Tambornino's book is delicious for any director, as well as actor, to interpret.