A casting notice reveals that the production will begin previews July 1. Jeff Calhoun (Bells Are Ringing, Grease) directs and choreographs the musical — with music and lyrics by Roger Miller and book by William Hauptman — based on the novel by Mark Twain. Steven Landau returns as musical director.
Deaf West Theatre incorporates both hearing and hearing-impaired actors in the casts of their musicals and plays. Songs and dialogue are often sung and signed with actors doubling as characters — one speaking and singing and one signing.
Big River closed its second Los Angeles run at the Mark Taper Forum, Jan. 5. Featured in the Los Angeles were several Broadway caliber performers including Rufus Bonds , Jr.(Rent, Parade), Gwen Stewart (Rent) and Tony Award winner Phyllis Frelich (Children of a Lesser God).
Also in the cast were Chuck Baird, Michelle A. Banks, Gibby Brand, Michael Davis, Tyrone Giordano, Rod Keller, Carol Kline, Jarrett LeMaster, William Martinez, Ryan Schlecht, Melissa van der Schyff, Alexandria Wailes and Tony winner Scott Waara (The Most Happy Fella) as Mark Twain and the voice of Huckleberry Finn.
For more information on Deaf West Theatre, visit www.deafwest.org.