Fall 2013 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2013
Photo: Paul Kolnik
Tim Burton's fantastical 2003 movie Big Fish centered on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who spun tall tales about his life for his son, Will. The film was full of colorful, picturesque landscapes, absurd characters and over-the-top storytelling—in other words, it was ripe for a Broadway production. After a successful run in Chicago, Big Fish the musical—written by the film's screenwriter, John August, with songs by The Addams Family composer Andrew Lippa—stars Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz as both old and young Edward Bloom (in the movie they were played by separate actors), Kate Baldwin as his wife, Sandra, and up-and-comer Bobby Steggert as Will. The story conveys a powerful message of acceptance, and with the production directed and choreographed by Broadway legend Susan Stroman and designed by Julian Crouch, Big Fish is bound to be a visually and emotionally stimulating night at the theater.
Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St. Previews start September 5; opens October 8.