PHOTO CALL: Jonathan Groff, Norbert Leo Butz, Graham Rowat and More Celebrate Kate Baldwin's Sardi's Portrait Unveiling
By Joseph Marzullo
Big Fish star Kate Baldwin was honored Dec. 19 with a portrait that now adorns a wall of the famed eatery.
Kate Baldwin, who was nominated for a Tony award for her work in Finian's Rainbow, is starring on Broadway in the musical Big Fish. Other stage credits include The Full Monty; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Wonderful Town; Giant; and Irving Berlin's White Christmas.
Big Fish, which will end its Broadway run Dec. 29, 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. The production features musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and dance arrangements by Sam Davis.
Big Fish, based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the subsequent 2003 film by August, opened Oct. 6 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre, following previews that began Sept. 5. Read the reviews here.
Two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) tells the "big fish stories" in the musical adaptation, in which he stars as Edward Bloom opposite Baldwin as Sandra Bloom and Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, Off-Broadway's Giant) as Will Bloom.
Also in the cast are 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."
Rounding out the ensemble are 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.
The world premiere of Big Fish began April 2, prior to an official opening April 19, at Chicago's Oriental Theatre, where it played through May 5.
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