A fishy musical based on Tim Burton’s fantastical 2003 film is coming to the biggest pond of all — Broadway.
The show, which also incorporates material from Daniel Wallace’s original novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, will open in the Neil Simon Theatre this October. Its Broadway run will be preceded by a five-week limited engagement at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre that begins in April.
Big Fish stars two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom, a charismatic storyteller whose tall tales have estranged him from his son Will (Bobby Steggert). As the elder Bloom’s health begins to fail, he decides to tell his child all about his eventful life — a saga featuring giants, werewolves, one-eyed witches, and his true love, Will’s mother, Sandra (Kate Baldwin).
The musical is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, a five-time Tony winner best known for her work on Contact and The Producers. Its music and lyrics were written by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family); John August, screenwriter of Tim Burton’s Big Fish, wrote the book. This will be the first musical based on a Burton movie to hit Broadway; Disney is also developing a musical version of Burton’s revisionist 2010 Alice in Wonderland.