The world premiere of the new musical Big Fish, based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, opens its pre-Broadway engagement April 19, in Chicago. Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact, Show Boat, Crazy for You), the show has music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) with a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee August.
Two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) and Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow) star as Edward and Sandra Bloom, respectively.
Press notes state: “A rollicking fantasy set in the American South,” Big Fish, according to press notes, “centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom (Butz), whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will (Steggert). As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales.”
Here’s a sneak peak of some of the music:
So what’s the audience buzz like for the show? Here’s our twitter buzz roundup: