'Big Fish' sets closing date on Broadway

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Image Credit: Paul Koinik

Insert your best “swim away” pun here.

One of this fall’s first new shows to debut on Broadway has now become one of the season’s first to close. The new musical Big Fish, based on the Daniel Wallace novel and Tim Burton’s subsequent 2003 film adaptation, will close on Dec. 29, following 34 previews and 98 regular performances. The show opened on Oct. 6.

EW gave the “delightfully old-fashioned” musical a B+, praising the charisma of leading man Norbert Leo Butz (a two-time Tony winner and quick to bounce back, surely) and the wondrous design of the show, which comes from the creative minds of director/choreographer Susan Stroman and a slew of Broadway’s finest designers.

Watch a clip from the show below:

The film is one of my personal all-time favorites, and it’s a shame the show didn’t manage to cinch more of an audience in the busy fall season. After premiering in Chicago, Big Fish is one of the only new shows this season to be built in the vein of the traditional, gleeful, old-fashioned musicals of Broadway’s past. Despite its flaws, the musical is most certainly a love letter to theater and the old guard of Broadway (and with luck, the show’s occasionally catchy score will be preserved posthumously).


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