By Adam Hetrick
11 Feb 2014
Produced by Lippa and Michael Croiter, the cast album of Big Fish was released digitally Feb. 7.
The digital and hard copies of the album feature the bonus track "This River Between Us" (cut from the pre-Broadway Chicago production), while the iTunes release includes the additional exclusive bonus track, "Magic in the Man" (cut during Broadway previews).
Listen to Tony Award winner Butz perform "Fight The Dragons."
Big Fish, which ended its Broadway run Dec. 29, 2013, features music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony nominee Lippa with a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August. Based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the subsequent 2003 film by August, it opened Oct. 6 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre, following previews that began Sept. 5.
The production featured musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and dance arrangements by Sam Davis. It was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.
Two-time Tony Award winner Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) starred as Edward Bloom opposite Tony Award nominee Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow) as Sandra Bloom and Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, Off-Broadway's Giant) as Will Bloom.
The track list follows:
"Be The Hero"
"Two Men In My Life"
"Out There On The Road"
"Little Lamb From Alabama"
"Closer To Her"
"Red, White and True"
"Fight The Dragons"
"I Don’t Need A Roof"
"How It Ends"
"Be The Hero – Reprise"
CD and iTunes Bonus Track: "This River Between Us"
iTunes Bonus Track: "Magic in the Man"
The cast also featured Krystal Joy Brown (Leap of Faith, Hair) as Josephine Bloom and Zachary Unger (Chaplin) and Anthony Pierini (Mary Poppins) alternating in the role of Young Will with Ryan Andes (The Red Box at SoHo Rep), Ben Crawford (Shrek, Les Misérables), J. C. Montgomery (The Scottsboro Boys, The Color Purple), Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers, Nice Work If You Can Get It), Ciara Renee (Broadway debut) as The Witch, Kirsten Scott (Follies, Hairspray) and Sarrah Strimel (Rock of Ages, Young Frankenstein).
Big Fish, according to press notes, "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."
Ensemble members included 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.
Numeous theatrical recordings can also be found at Playbillstore.com.