By Michael Gioia
26 Feb 2014
Big Fish, which will run Oct. 31-Nov. 16 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, features a book by John August, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and is based on the film by Tim Burton.
The new musical, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures film of the same name, featured original direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys).
Theatrical Rights Worldwide recently secured licensing rights for the musical, which starred two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz as story-spinner Edward Bloom.
The season will also include Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, featuring music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Hammerstin II and Joshua Logan (Feb. 12-March 1, 2015); Les Misérables, featuring music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, a book by Alain Boublil and Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer (April 10-26, 2015); and Singin' in the Rain, based on the MGM Film with choreography by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly (July 10-26, 2015).
The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is located at 6200 Atherton Street in Long Beach on the campus of California State University. For more information, visit Musical.org.