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BIG FISH Announces Full Broadway Cast; Box Office Opens Thu, Aug 8




Directed and choreographed by
five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman

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(Thursday, July 25, 2013 – New York, NY)  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 begins performances on Thursday, September 5, 2013 and will open Sunday, October 6, 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,andfeaturing 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 (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 DavisBIG 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.  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. 


Twitter: @BigFishBroadway



NORBERT LEO BUTZ (Edward Bloom)Broadway: Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can (2011 Tony Award, Drama Desk winner: Best Actor in a Musical; Astaire Award winner, Outer Critics nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire Awards, Drama League Award winner: Best Actor in a Musical), Enron, Speed-the-Plow, Is He Dead?, Wicked (original cast, Fiyero), Thou Shalt Not (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), Rent (original cast, Broadway debut). Off-Broadway: How I Learned To Drive, Fifty Words, Buicks (Drama Desk nomination), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations, Drama League Award), Juno and the Paycock (Roundabout), Saved (TFANA). National Tour: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cabaret.  Alabama Shakespeare Festival (four seasons), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Film: Better Living Through Chemistry (2013), The English Teacher (2013), Greetings from Tim Buckley (2013), Disconnect (2013), Higher Ground, Fair Game, Dan in Real Life. Television: Series: “The Deep End” (ABC); Pilots: “County” (NBC), “The Miraculous Year” (HBO) BFA, Webster University; MFA, Alabama Shakespeare Theatre.

KATE BALDWIN (Sandra Bloom). Broadway:  Finian's Rainbow, (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town. Regional: The Women (Old Globe), Henry V (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), She Loves Me (Willliamstown), South Pacific (Arena, Helen Hayes Award nomination). Television: "Law & Order: SVU" (guest star), “Stephen Sondheim's Passion”  for PBS. Film: Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best. Recordings: “Let's See What Happens,” “She Loves Him” (PS Classics). Graduate: Northwestern University.

BOBBY STEGGERT (Will Bloom) has appeared on Broadway in Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), 110 in the Shade (Outer Critics nomination), and Master Harold...and the boys.  Other work includes Giant (Public Theater), Assistance (Playwrights Horizons), A Minister's Wife and The Grand Manner  (Lincoln Center Theater), Yank! (Drama Desk nomination, York Theater), The Slugbearers of Kayrol Island (Drama Desk nomination, Vineyard Theater), and columbinus (New York Theater Workshop).  Film/TV: The Namesake, Kinsey, “The Good Wife,All My Children.”  Training: NYU and RADA.

KRYSTAL JOY BROWN (Josephine) Broadway: Leap Of Faith (Ornella; Astaire Award nomination), HAIR (Dionne/Abe Lincoln).  Off-Broadway: Falling for Eve (Eve). Regional: Calvin Berger (Rosanna), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), High School Musical (Taylor, Paper Mill). National Tour: Rent (Mimi).  TV: “Storyforia!” (Nickelodeon), “Castle” (ABC). Recently toured China with The Broadway Dolls. Thanks Jed & Pete, Mama, KKBNG! Twitter @KrystalJBrown.

ANTHONY PIERINI (Young Will) is honored to be part of this wonderful show! Recent: Mary Poppins (Michael), Les Misérables/25th (Gavroche).  He thanks the cast, crew, creative team, Abrams Artist, Tara Rubin Casting, APAC, family, friends for their love, support, and belief in his talent!

ZACHARY UNGER (Young Will).  Thrilled to join Big Fish. He recently played Young Charlie in Chaplin on Broadway. Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, Measure for Measure. Film: Admission, Tar, Lily. Thanks, Rachel & Ellen at Abrams, Mom, Dad, Noah, grandmas and grandpas.

RYAN ANDES (Karl the Giant).  Recent TV credits:  "Person of Interest," (Guest Star, CBS);  "Clean Kill," (Web Episodic, Broken Window Films); "As the World Turns," (Guest Star, CBS).  Recent Film Credits:  The Widowers, (Indy Feature), Charred Oak. Various NYC stage credits, along with opera, musical theatre, and voice over.

BEN CRAWFORD (Don Price).  Broadway: Shrek the Musical (Shrek), Les Misérables (Javert, Valjean u/s). Tours: Guys & Dolls (Sky Masterson). Regional: Barrett, Titanic (MUNY), Dr. Madden, Next to Normal (Pioneer Theatre Company). Love to DGRW, Crawford/FitzGibbons clans & his wife Kate.

BRAD OSCAR (Amos Calloway). Broadway: The Producers (Tony nomination), Nice Work if You Can Get It, Addams Family, Spamalot, Jekyll & Hyde, Aspects of Love. West End: The Producers. Nat’l tour: Young Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde. Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway, Encores! Bells Are Ringing, Do Re Mi.  Film: Ghost Town, The Producers. TV: "The Good Wife,” "Smash,” “Law & Order.”

JC MONTGOMERY (Dr. Bennett).  Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys, The Color Purple, Parade, Swing, Thou Shalt Not, The Little Mermaid, The Boys From Syracuse, Bye Bye Birdie, Smokey Joe's Cafe. Supporting roles on “The Gifted Man,” “Blue Bloods,” “L&O,” “L&O Criminal Intent,” “L&O SVU.” Over 30 national and regional commercials. Kim, Trevor and Marcus - I Love You.  

CIARA RENEE (The Witch)is thrilled to make her Broadway debut with  Big Fish.  Ciara just graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University.  She participated in the Pre-Broadway workshop of Bull Durham. Thanks to Susan Stroman, Tara Rubin and Mom.

KIRSTEN SCOTT (Jenny Hill).  Broadway: FolliesHairspray. Off-Broadway/Regional: Follies (Kennedy Center/Ahmanson) Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Theater) Grease (Sacramento Music Circus), Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse), Minsky’s (Ahmanson) Curtains (PCLO), Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Chorus Line, Beauty & the Beast. TV: “All My Children.” BFA: CMU. THANKS STRO!

SARRAH STRIMEL (Girl in the Water). Broadway: The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Rock Of Ages, Catch Me If You Can. National Tours/Regional incl., Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Charity (Charity), Cats (Bombalurina), Lil Abner (Stupyfyin' Jones), Sammy (Hedda Hopper). For my Dad, no stranger to a big fish story.

PRESTON TRUMAN BOYD (Swing). N'Tour: Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio), Young Frankenstein (The Monster) NYC: Republic (Liam). Readings/Workshops: On a Clear Day, Wallenberg. Regional: Frog Kiss, VSC. Les Miserables, Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma! The Muny. Working, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Scotland. NFAA with Placido Domingo. TV: “Guiding Light.” CCM grad. Love to the family, Gage, Tara, Merri and Sydney.

BREE BRANKER (Ensemble). Regional: Memphis. NY/Tour: Josephine, Finian’s Rainbow, Spamalot, Girl Crazy, West Side Story, Radio City Rockette. Bree is honored to be working with this incredible team.

ALEX BRIGHTMAN (Zacky Price) is elated to be in such a fantastic piece of theatre. He's been on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and other places too. This is for my friends, my family, my (M)orons and always for my Prump. Life is rad. @ABrightmonster.

JOSHUA BUSCHER (Swing, Dance Captain, Fight Captain). Broadway: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Diesel in West Side Story  Revival. Associate Choreographer of 1st National Tour of Priscilla... Many thanks to KSR and my family! 

ROBIN CAMPBELL (Ensemble). Broadway/ NYC: Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Encores!: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Girl Crazy, Stairway to Paradise; My Fair Lady (NY Philharmonic), Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center. TV: “Blue Bloods,” “Ugly Betty,” “Onion Sports Dome.” Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University. 

BRYN DOWLING (Ensemble). Broadway: Fosse, Original Company The Producers (Usherette), Original Company The Frogs (Charisma), Chicago (Roxie Hart). Film: The Producers (Usherette). TV: “Curb your Enthusiasm,” “Kennedy Center Honors” (Mel Brooks).  EMI recording artist.  Love to Chris and my girls Ava and London. 

JASON LEE GARRETT (Ensemble) feels blessed beyond measure to be a part of this pretend!  Broadway: Evita. Regional: Pittsburgh CLO, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.  BFA in Theatre, Point Park University. Unyielding thanks to Bloc, Tara Rubin, the BIG FISH team, and my incomparable family. For you, Dad.  

LEAH HOFMANN (Ensemble). Broadway/LCT: War Horse (Joey/Topthorn). National tours: Young Frankenstein, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). Favorite Regional: The Producers, Sunset Boulevard, 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles. Dedicated to my Papa and his beautiful, unforgettable stories. Jeremiah 29:11.

SYNTHIA LINK (Swing). Thrilled to be working with this amazing team! Broadway: How to Succeed... (us/Rosemary). 1st nat'l: Young Frankenstein (Inga). NYC Radio City Rockette. TV: “Smash.” Thanks to Stro, Tara Rubin, and Craig. All my love to Mom, Dad, and Keith.

ANGIE SCHWORER (Ensemble). Broadway: The Producers (Ulla), Catch Me if you Can,Young Frankenstein, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy for You, Annie Get Your Gun, The Will Rogers Follies. Regional: Minsky’s (Ginger), The Full Monty (Vicky Nichols), Damn Yankees (Lola), Chicago (Roxie). Television: “Law & Order: CI,” “Queer Eye,” “As the World Turns,” “Smash.” Film: The Producers.

LARA SEIBERT (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this show! Broadway: Hugh Jackman on Broadway, A Christmas Story, Young Frankenstein. Favorite Regional: The Producers (Ulla), Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), Annie (Grace). Thanks to God and family. For Pepaw, my favorite storyteller.

TALLY SESSIONS (Ensemble). Broadway: The House of Blue Leaves. Off-Broadway: Giant (Public Theatre), Queen of the Mist (Transport Group), Yank (York), Anyone Can Whistle (Encores), Godspell. Tours: South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regional includes: Old Globe, Signature, Goodspeed, Pioneer.

CARY TEDDER (Ensemble).  Many thanks to all the family, friends, and teachers who helped Cary get to his third Original Broadway Cast! Other credits include Memphis, The Times They Are A-Changin', and the West Side Story national tour. Thank you HCA, and Go Blue!

ASHLEY YEATER (Swing, Dance Captain).Thrilled to be a part of this magical show. Broadway/NY: Follies, The Producers, Encores! On The Town. National Tours: A Chorus Line, Chicago, The Producers. Love and gratitude to my amazing family and friends.