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What Is the Story of Big Fish?
Big Fish tells the larger-than-life tale of Edward Bloom, a man who leads an extraordinary life—according to the stories he tells his son, Will. But Will, who is getting married and expecting a child of his own, doesn’t think there’s any truth to the extravagant tales his father tells about meeting witches, kissing mermaids or joining the circus. He doesn’t even believe the story of how his father proposed to his mother, Sandra, in a field full of daffodils. When Edward’s health begins to decline, Will visits his father and tries one last time to find out the truth behind the tall tales. As Edward and Will’s relationship becomes increasingly strained, Will must decide whether to accept his father’s wild stories as fact or risk losing him completely.
In addition to sets by [Julian] Crouch, the wizard behind the look of the great Grand Guignol 'Shockheaded Peter,' the show has top-of-the-line lighting by Donald Holder, costumes by the tireless William Ivey Long and fluid projections by Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions.Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times
William Ivey Long captures the playful vibe with ingenious costumes that move in unexpected ways (like the fishtail of a mermaid’s silvery costume) and contribute their own magic to the storytelling (like the witches that materialize from the trees in a forest).Review by Marilyn Stasio from Variety
What Is Big Fish Like?
Big Fish swims deftly between two worlds: the lush, vibrant world of Edward’s fantasies and the subtler world of Will’s reality. As Edward launches into a fantastical story, the stage swirls with elaborate sets by Julian Crouch, lush animated projections by Lawrence Watson and colorful, elaborate costumes by William Ivey Long. Director and choreographer Susan Stroman’s fantastical staging is a feast for the senses, featuring dancing trees, a high-stepping giant and fish flying right out of the orchestra pit. A sweeping score by Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) deepens the heartwarming and magical story of a father and son struggling to understand each other.
Is Big Fish Good For Kids?
Yes. Although young children might be frightened by the brief appearance of a witch, Big Fish is an enchanting story appropriate for older children and teens.