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Creators of Broadway's 'Big Fish' share how they translated movie magic to the stage

Even before Big Fish hit movie theaters in 2003, screenwriter John August knew its yarn-spinning hero was bound for Broadway. “You look at Edward Bloom’s stories…and they feel like production numbers,” says August. “There are moments when words fail you, and you break into song. That’s what [the film] was missing.”

Buoyed by a rash of screen-to-stage hits — including three of the last five Best Musical Tony winners (Kinky Boots, Once, and Billy Elliot) — Big Fish, the moving, epic tale of a father and son opens tonight at the Great White Way’s Neil Simon Theatre. “Broadway is a risky business,” admits producer Dan Jinks, “but if the show works… investors can make far more money than they would make traditionally on Wall Street, and I’ve just always had this tremendous belief in the story that we were telling.”

It didn’t hurt that Jinks and August stacked the deck by enlisting some stage pros for the live version of his film, including composer Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) and Susan Stroman, the director-choreographer of 2001′s Tony-sweeping hit The Producers, which was itself based on Mel Brooks’ 1968 film. So how did August, Jinks, and Stroman combine movie magic with good, old-fashioned stagecraft to hook audiences in for their fantastical re-imagining? Read on… READ FULL STORY

Brian D'Arcy James to star in 'Giant'

Image Credit: Andy Kropa/Getty Images

Tony Award-nominee and Smash star Brian D’Arcy James will take on the lead role of Bick in the Public Theater’s upcoming production of Giant.

Originally a novel by Edna Ferber, the story follows a cattle rancher and his multi-generational rivalry with an oil tycoon. It was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1956 starring Rock Hudson, James Dean, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Joining D’Arcy James, who received Tony nominations for his work on Sweet Smell of Success and Shrek the Musical, are P.J. Griffith (American Idiot) as rival tycoon Jett, and Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow) as Bick’s new wife, Leslie.

Previews begin at the Public on Oct. 26; the show opens Nov. 13.

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