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Now Showing at the
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Oriental Theatre
BIG Fish
April 19, 2013 through May 5, 2013
★★★★
" Enchanting, exhilarating, romantic, heartfelt, fantastic,
one hell of a tale. A must see treat for the soul."
Highly Recommended,  a Must See,
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24 West Randolph Street, Chicago
Oriental Theatre Ford Center for the Performing Arts






Norbert Leo Butz, as Edward Bloom, appears with a field of daffodils to speak of love with his wife to be, Kate Baldwin as Josephine.

review by Ed Vincent


The beginning of the show opens with the curtains and backdrop revealing the entire orchestra mounted behind the set, allowing the orchestra pit to be a river of running water (where mermaids and fish as big as Biblical whales) reside.

We see a wedding ring being used as bait, because the biggest fish in the lake has a lust for gold, and nothing else will tempt it to bite.

We find ourselves also biting on the bait and soon we are drawn into a wild adventure in the mind of a wondrous man, perhaps the most exciting man in all of Alabama.

"Standing beside me but not really there", Edward's son declares of his life as a child, with a father who was a traveling salesman.  Their are divisions and misunderstandings in the best of families, and this is a great family-it just takes time for all to come into focus.





Bobby Steggert, as Will Bloom, narrates as his father Edward is
shot across the stage into another county to find his love.



Arriving at  Auburn university, by means of a canon shot, Edward searches for his true love, Josephine.  This red haired lass just happens to be going to a school in tune with her hair color.  The sets and drama of the tale mixed with some fabulous scenes are a pleasure to the heart.  The tale of the witch who would for tell Edward's future is a clear example of the wonderful creation of costumes and sets, as the cypress tree roots metamorph into dancing witches.


Bobby Steggert, as Will Bloom, the son of Edward.






cypress tree roots Metamorph five zing into dancing witches

Auburn university



An "ambitious cancer" calls on Edward and the drama is not unlike a Grand Opera with life, love and death often dancing while life goes on.  I was sitting directly in front of the author of this tale, the gifted Daniel Wallace.  We spoke before the show, not knowing who he was and after to my delight, we all enjoyed the performance.  I gave this an extra partial star because the main character shares the same name as myself and Daniel was right behind me, and that makes it even more special. 

Do come and see this wonderful show, and even by the book.

 






CHICAGO - (Friday, April 19, 2013) BIG FISH, a new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, opens its pre-Broadway world premiere tonight, Friday, April 19, 2013, and plays through May 5, 2013 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street).

BIG FISH is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony AwardŽ winner Susan Stroman (Contact, The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys), with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony AwardŽ nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family) and a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August (Frankenweenie, Char/ie and the Chocolate Factory).

Starring two-time Tony AwardŽ winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Il/Ie h' You Can) as Edward Bloom, Tony AwardŽ nominee Kate Baldwin (Giant, Finian’s Rainbow) as Sandra Bloom, Tony AwardŽ nominee Bobby Steggert (Giant, Ragtime) as Will Bloom, Krystal Joy Brown (Leap Of Faith) as Josephine Bloom and Anthony Pierini and Zachary Unger (Chaplin) alternating as Young Will, featuring Ryan Andes, Ben Crawford, J. C. Montgomery, Tony AwardŽ nominee Brad Oscar, Kirsten Scott, Sarrah Strimel and Katie Thompson, BIG FISH has a cast of 27 that includes Preston Truman Boyd, Alex Brightman, Bree Branker, Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hofmann, Synthia Link, Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater.

BIG FISH has scenic design by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Julian Crouch, costume design by five—time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Los Angeles Drama Critics Award winner Jon Weston, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions, musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and dance arrangements by Sam
Davis.

BIG FISH is produced by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment with Roy Furman, Broadway Across America/Rich Entertainment Group, John Domo, The Nederlander Organization and Edward Walson in association with CJ E&M, Dancing Elephant Productions, Parrothead Productions, Harvey Weinstein/Carole L. Haber, Peter May/Jim Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz and Columbia Pictures.

A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, BIG FISH centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom (Butz), whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will (Steggert). As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and imagination, BIG FISH is a tribute to the power of family, dreaming big and the unpredictable adventure of life itself.

"Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" by Daniel Wallace was first printed in 1998. In December 2003, a critically acclaimed film of Big Fish was released by Columbia Pictures directed by Tim Burton, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Helena Bonham Carter. The film was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, 4 Golden Globe Awards and 7 BAFTA Awards.

CHICAGO TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for BIG FISH at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre range in price from $33-$100. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway ln Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the
Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations, and online at www.BroadwaylnChicago.com.

FOR INFORMATION ON BIG FISH’S CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT: www.BroadwayInChicago.com









BIG FISH is a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton. It features direction and choreography by 5-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys), music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride), who also penned the screenplay for the film version.

Two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can), Tony nominee Kate Baldwin (Giant, Finian's Rainbow) and Tony nominee Bobby Steggert (Giant, Ragtime) lead a cast of twenty-seven in this rollicking fantasy set in the American South.

BIG FISH centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. As Edward's final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, unraveling the man from the myth, the truth from the tall tales.

Overflowing with heart, humor and imagination, BIG FISH is a tribute to the power of dreaming big... and the unpredictable adventure of life itself.

Ticket prices are $33.00 to $100.00.










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