I had mentioned here that when John Goodman played the role of Pap Finn early in his career, in the musical Big River, he was replaced for a month on Broadway by the show's composer, country star Roger Miller. This isn't that -- but it's Roger Miller singing one of the songs from the show.
Probably the prettiest song in Big River is called "Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go," which is sung by Hucklebarry Finn, Jim, and Mary Jane Wilkes. Here is Miller giving an impromptu -- and beautiful -- performance of it on a talk show. I believe the host is country singer Bobby Bare.
Probably the only thing lovelier than the song is the expression on Roger Miller's face as he gets to sing from his Tony-winning score.
Okay, as a bonus, here's the performance by Daniel Jenkins, Ron Richardson and Patti Cohenour, how it was done by the original Broadway cast.
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