Starring two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony nominee Kate Baldwin and Tony nominee Bobby Steggert, 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 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
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 Larry Hochman and dance arrangements by Sam Davis. BIG FISH is produced by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment USA with Roy Furman, Broadway Across America/Rich Entertainment Group, John Domo, The Nederlander Organization and Edward Walson in association with CJ E&M, Dancing Elephant Productions, Ted Liebowitz, Lucky Fish, Parrothead Productions, RKO Stage, Harvey Weinstein/Carole L. Haber, Peter May/Jim Fantaci, 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.
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