About Big Fish on Broadway
Five-time Tony winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!) brings Big Fish, Tim Burton’s extravagant 2003 film fantasy, to the musical stage. Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can), and Tony nominees Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow) and Bobby Steggert (Ragtime) star in this fabulous fable of a father and son connecting across the years.
Charming storyteller Edward Bloom (Butz) has spun bewitching tales all of his life, but his loose relationship with the truth estranges his son Will (Steggert). As Edward’s health declines, he tells Will the story of his life—an adventurous saga full of witches, werewolves, giants and his quest for his true love with Will’s mother Sandra (Baldwin). Full of humor and imagination, Big Fish celebrates those who dream big.
Music and lyrics are by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family), and John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride), author of the screenplay, writes the book which will also incorporate material from Daniel Wallace’s original novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions. The cast includes Krystal Joy Brown (Leap of Faith), Zachary Unger (Chaplin) and Tony nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers).
Two hours and 20 minutes (one intermission)
Did you know?
The 2003 film starred Albert Finney, Ewan MacGregor, Jessica Lange and Helena Bonham Carter.
This is the second time Kate Baldwin and Bobby Steggert have played mother and son. They assumed those roles in the Off-Broadway musical Giant.
Bars are located in the lower lounge, the orchestra and the mezzanine; mixed drinks, soda and candy are available, but only bottled water may be taken into the theater; seating capacity is 1,334; formerly the Alvin, the Neil Simon has been home to such hits as Hairspray and has excellent sight lines.
This elaborate and exciting show will attract both family and general audiences. Susan Stroman’s proven showmanship combined with the fanciful aspects of the story should please adults and kids alike.
Good for kids?
Kids will get a kick out of the elaborate special effects that bring Edward’s amazing tales to life.
Neil Simon Theatre Location Information:
250 W 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
C, E, 1, 9 trains to 50th St.