Maltby and Shire's Big The Musical to Receive European Premiere

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Jay McGuiness to star in the new production opening in Plymouth in November.
David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.
David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr. Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire's 1996 Broadway show Big The Musical, based on the 1988 film, is to receive its European premiere, beginning performances November 5 at Plymouth Theatre Royal for a run through November 12. It will then transfer to Dublin's Bord Energy Theatre, ahead of a planned West End run in 2017.

It will star Jay McGuiness, best known as a singer for The Wanted, and winner of TV's Strictly Come Dancing competition.

The musical tells the story of Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy who hates being little, until one night at the carnival the mysterious Zoltar machine grants his wish to be big. Trapped in an adult's body and alone in New York, he innocently tries to find his way around a grown-up world where it's all work and no play. But whilst everyone around him tries to act their age, Josh just can't help being himself. Maybe he can teach the real adults a thing or two.

The production will be directed and choreographed by Morgan Young. It is co-produced by Michael Rose and One World Shows.

To book tickets, which go on sale May 4, contact the box office on 01752 267222, or visit

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