Stepping Out

'Song' carries on at TheatreWorks

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Hiatt plays the title role in TheatreWorks’ “Mark Twain’s River of Song.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “Mark Twain’s River of Song” opened last week and is slated to run through Oct. 27 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Charting a journey down the Mississippi River, the new musical shares the stories of the mighty river by one of its most famous chroniclers, author Mark Twain.

Developed by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman, creators of TheatreWorks’ “Fire on the Mountain” and the Tony Award-nominated “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues,” it debuted earlier this year at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

The music-filled voyage features guitars, banjos and harmonicas. “River of Song” includes spirituals and tunes such as “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and “Deep River Blues.”

Dan Hiatt stars as Mark Twain. He has been in several TheatreWorks shows, such as “Upright Grand,” “The Pitmen Painters,” “The 39 Steps” and “Twentieth Century.” He also has performed at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the California Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Pasadena Playhouse.

The ensemble cast includes Tony Award nominee Valisia LeKae, blues musician Chic Street Man, Tony Marcus, Rondrell McCormick and co-creator Wheetman. LeKae returns to TheatreWorks, where she performed as Emmie in “Caroline, or Change.” She received Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and a Theatre World Award for her performance as Diana Ross in “Motown the Musical.” LeKae also has performed on Broadway in “The Book of Mormon,” “110 in the Shade,” “Ragtime” and “The Threepenny Opera.”

Myler directs “River of Song.”

Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $30-$100.

In addition, an autism/sensory-friendly performance is scheduled 6 p.m. Oct. 22. Tickets are $15.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit

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