Big Fish to close on 29 Dec 2013

The Broadway premiere of Big Fish, a new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, will play its final performance on 29 Dec 2013. When the show closes it will have played 34 previews and 98 regular performances.

Big Fish opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on 6 Oct 2013, following previews from 5 Sep 2013. The musical had been booking through to 09 Mar 2014.

Producer Dan Jinks said,

Big Fish is about the passing on of stories and from the tremendous audience reaction we have received we know our tale will live on. I am so proud of our entire team for creating a unique, heartfelt and inspiring stage production. Big Fish has been one of the great joys of my career.
The musical opened on Broadway to mixed, but mostly poor reviews: Book & music keeps this chained to the ground (newyorktheatreguide); Feels curiously stunted (NY Times); It hooks you, then loses you (NYDN); Strangely ordinary (Newsroom Jersey) Set in the American South, Big Fish centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. 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.

The musical, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman ('The Scottsboro Boys,' 'The Producers,' 'Contact,' 'Show Boat,' 'Crazy For You'), features music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa ('The Addams Family'), a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August ("Frankenweenie," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory").

The cast features two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz as 'Edward Bloom,' Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin as 'Sandra Bloom,' Bobby Steggert as 'Will Bloom,' Krystal Joy Brown as 'Josephine Bloom,' Ryan Andes as Karl the Giant,' Ben Crawford as 'Don Price,' J. C. Montgomery as 'Dr. Bennett,' Brad Oscar as 'Amos Calloway,' Alex Brightman as 'Zacky Price,' Kirsten Scott as 'Jenny Hill' and Sarrah Strimel as 'Girl in the Water.'

The cast of 27 also includesPreston Truman Boyd, Bree Branker, Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hoffman, Synthia Link, Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater.

The show's creative team includes sets by Julian Crouch, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Donald Holder, with sound by Jon Weston.

Big Fish is produced by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment with Roy Furman, The Nederlander Organization, John Domo and Broadway Across America.

The musical played a pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre for a 5-week engagement from 02 Apr - 05 May 2013.

"Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" by Daniel Wallace was first printed in 1998. In December 2003, a film of Big Fish was released by Columbia Pictures directed by Tim Burton, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Helena Bonham Carter. The film was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, 4 Golden Globe Awards and 7 BAFTA Awards.

Kate Baldwin (Sandra Bloom) and Norbert Leo Butz (Edward Bloom) More production photos

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