This Week’s Tent Show Radio: The Music of Riverpants

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After more than a decade, audiences “fishing” for a good time and wanting to “reel” with “lunker” laughs, celebrated the return of one of Big Top Chautauqua’s most beloved original productions. In the summer of 2022, Big Top’s famed house-band the Blue Canvas Orchestra delighted audiences in the triumphant revival of Riverpants, the musical comedy revue written by Warren Nelson. Having originally debuted during the summer of 2003, this knee slappin’ musical is full of hearty fishing songs, mirthful interludes, energetic musical numbers and classic bits & skits.

Warren Nelson’s Anglin’ Wayne guided the audience on his top fishing tips & trips, Jack Gunderson, Liz Woodworth, & Tom Mitchell shined as Midwest Folk characters Ole Lena, and Sven, and Ed Willet, Severin Behnen, Phil Anich, Otis McLennon, Betty Ferris, Randy Sabien, and Billy Knoblauch were on hand for additional hijinks and to provide the driving music behind the production.

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