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Big Fish
Big Fish, Neil Simon Theatre, NYC Show Poster

Big Fish

Neil Simon Theatre

2hrs, 30mins (No Intermission)

This show has closed.

A brand-new musical based on the novel and film of the same name arrives on Broadway directed by Susan Stroman and starring Norbert Leo Butz.

Theater Info

250 West 52nd Street
New York, NY
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Important Dates

Sep 05, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
Dec 29, 2013

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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.


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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

[Norbert Leo Butz] is at his lovable and elastic-legged best as Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lived to tell tall tales.

Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from New York Daily News


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Edward Bloom
Will Bloom
Sandra Bloom
Josephine Bloom
Krystal Joy Brown
Young Will
Ryan Andes
Amos Calloway
Don Price
The Witch


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Music and Lyrics
Andrew Lippa
John August
Director and Choreographer
Susan Stroman
Based on the novel by
Daniel Wallace
Set Designer
Julian Crouch
Lighting Designer
Donald Holder
Costume Designer
William Ivey Long
Sound Designer
Jon Weston