PHOTO CALL: Jimmy Buffett and Bruce Vilanch Visit Big Fish in Chicago
By Krissie Fullerton
Jimmy Buffett and his Parrothead Productions partner Frank Marshall, along with Emmy winning comedian Bruce Vilanch, checked out a performance of Big Fish in Chicago on April 23. The trio made a stop backstage to pose for photos with the stars of the show along with director, Susan Stroman.
Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact, Show Boat, Crazy for You), the work features music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) with a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August.
"A rollicking fantasy set in the American South," Big Fish, according to press notes, "centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom (Butz), whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will (Steggert). 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."
Two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) and Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow) star as Edward and Sandra Bloom, respectively.
Here's a look at Buffett and Vilanch backstage:
Also in the cast are Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, Off-Broadway's Giant) as Will Bloom, 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), Kirsten Scott (Follies, Hairspray), Sarrah Strimel (Rock of Ages, Young Frankenstein) and Katie Thompson (Off-Broadway's Giant).
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