Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Is Big River Destined for the Big Screen?

With Hollywood's decades long love affair with the Mark Twain characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (films have been made about one, the other, or both in 1930, 1931, 1938, 1939, 1973, 1974 1975 and 1995), and its recent willingness to revive the big screen musical as a genre, can Big River -- the 80s Broadway musical hit (by King of the Road songwriter Roger Miller) about Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn -- be long for the big screen? I guess that will depend on the success of the musicals currently in the pipeline, most especially Dreamgirls. If that Broadway oldie makes a splash, then watch for Big River to sail up stream to a movie theater near you.

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