Music & Lyrics by GRAMMY AND TONY AWARD NOMINEE ANDREW LIPPA
Book by GRAMMY AND BAFTA AWARD NOMINEE JOHN AUGUST
Directed and Choreographed by FIVE TIME TONY AWARD WINNER Susan Stroman
Produced by ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS DAN JINKS AND BRUCE COHEN
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Directed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Contact, The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys), with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family), and a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), BIG FISH began performances on Thursday, September 5, 2013, opened on Sunday, October 6, 2013 and will play its final performance on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Starring two-time Tony Award® winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) as Edward Bloom, Tony Award® nominee Kate Baldwin (Giant, Finian’s Rainbow) as Sandra Bloom, Tony Award® nominee Bobby Steggert (Giant, Ragtime) as Will Bloom, Krystal Joy Brown (Leap Of Faith) as Josephine Bloom, Anthony Pierini (Mary Poppins) and Zachary Unger (Chaplin) alternating as Young Will, and featuring Ryan Andes, Ben Crawford, J. C. Montgomery, Tony Award® nominee Brad Oscar, Ciara Renee, Kirsten Scott and Sarrah Strimel, BIG FISH has a cast of 27 that includes Preston Truman Boyd, Bree Branker, Alex Brightman, Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hofmann, Synthia Link, Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater.
The Neil Simon Theatre box office (250 West 52 Street) will open on August 8, 2013 and tickets for BIG FISH range from $49 - $142. Tickets are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com (866-870-2717). The playing schedule for BIG FISH is as follows: Monday through Friday at 8pm with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There will be no 2pm matinee on Wednesday, September 11. Beginning October 7, 2013, the playing schedule for BIG FISH is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Wednesday at 8pm with matinees on Wednesday at 2pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.
BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. BIG FISH is about dreaming, loving and living bigger.
BIG FISH has scenic design by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Julian Crouch, costume design by six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Los Angeles Drama Critics Award winner Jon Weston, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions, wig and hair design by Paul Huntley, make-up design by Angelina Avallone, musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman and dance arrangements by Sam Davis. BIG FISH is produced by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment USA with Roy Furman, Edward Walson, James L. Nederlander, Broadway Across America/Rich Entertainment Group, John Domo, and in association with Parrothead Productions, Lucky Fish, Peter May/Jim Fantaci, Harvey Weinstein/Carole L. Haber, Dancing Elephant Productions, CJ E&M, Ted Liebowitz, Ted Hartley, Clay Floren and Columbia Pictures.
BIG FISH is based on the 1998 novel "BIG FISH: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" by Daniel Wallace, and the 2003 critically acclaimed film from Columbia Pictures written by John August. Directed by Tim Burton, the film starred Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Helena Bonham Carter, and was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, 4 Golden Globe Awards and 7 BAFTA Awards. BIG FISH had its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in a critically-lauded 5-week engagement from Tuesday, April 2, 2013, through Sunday, May 5, 2013.
Here’s what the critics had to say about BIG FISH:
"The time is ripe for an AMERICAN MUSICAL, at once fantastical and emotional, with its heart in family reconciliation and its roots in the storytelling culture of small towns. BIG FISH has RESONANCE, INTEGRITY AND ORIGINALITY. You feel like you’re watching something DEEP AND POWERFUL – a story that makes us feel we can control, if not transcend, the story of our lives."
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"INGENIOUS. BIG FISH GRABS YOUR HEART. You can point to its precursors -- from “Forrest Gump” to Sondheim's Into The Woods to The Wizard of Oz -- but BIG FISH CATCHES ITS OWN SPECIAL WAVE. Susan Stroman's direction captures the story's heart and humor, and her choreography is THE WINNING TICKET! NORBERT LEO BUTZ is PHENOMENAL.”
- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a wholly satisfying show: meaningful, emotional, tasteful, theatrically imaginative and engaging. The show does have a target audience – those who LOVE musicals.
- Steven Oxman, Variety