Casa Manana

It never hurts to have “big” in the title of any theatrical production, especially if it’s meant to kick off a milestone season. Well, that appears to be part of the thinking anyway behind Casa Manana’s marking the opening of its 55th season “under the dome” with its distinctively Fort Worth-flavored take on Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Originally created by one of Fort Worth’s favorite musical sons, Roger Miller, Big River also has yet another Fort Worth regular involved as it will star the actor totally synonymous with all things Tuna (as in Greater Tuna; Red, White and Tuna), namely Jaston Williams. Williams will be joined on the Big River stage by yet another Casa Manana veteran and much-liked performer, David Coffee – for whom Big River will be his 83rd show with Casa. Together, they’ll team up to perform some of the show’s much beloved songs including Muddy Water and River in the Rain.

Big River, which is based on Mark Twain’s all-time 1884 classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- where a maverick teenager sets out down the adventure-roiled  Mississippi River, always in the company of his longtime sidekick, Jim -- has certainly accumulated all the accolades and awards it would need to justify being a Casa season opener. Let's recall that Big River bagged seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, after it first emerged on Broadway.

The details: Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn opens September 21 and runs through September 29th at Casa Manana, 3101 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth. Tickets: $41-$76.  More information: 817-332-2272;