Tony Winner Norbert Leo Butz Will Star in Chicago World Premiere of New Musical Big Fish
06 Sep 2012
Broadway In Chicago, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen announced Sept. 6 that Big Fish, a new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in spring 2013.
The production, which will star Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom, will begin performances April 2, 2013, and play through May 5. Additional casting will be announced at a later time.
Big Fish will be directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August.
"A rollicking fantasy set in the American South," Big Fish, according to press notes, "centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, unraveling the man from the myth, the truth from the tall tales."
“Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions” by Daniel Wallace was first printed in 1998. In December 2003, a film of "Big Fish" was released by Columbia Pictures featuring direction by Tim Burton and starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lang and Helena Bonham Carter. The film was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, 4 Golden Globe Awards and 7 BAFTA Awards.
Tickets are now available for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Big Fish will be part of Broadway in Chicago’s 2013 Spring Season, and 2013 Season subscriptions will go on sale later this month, with individual tickets at the Oriental Theatre available at a later date.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.