zachdionne asked: Tell us how Big Fish was! Please aim your response at someone like me, who has an inexplicable fondness for the film even though it's technically not that great.

The show was fine but not anything life changing. The visual nature of the movie doesn’t really translate to the stage that well (though they try their best for a BIG production), and they all but abandon the film’s underlying darkness. The emotion of the movie, on the other hand, carries over well as does the basic plot. The stories from the movie provide a convenient template for the show as they’re turned into set pieces for musical numbers. Norbert Leo Butz and Bobby Steggert are both strong and sell a lot of what wouldn’t work with lesser actors. Only a few of the songs are truly memorable, which is the show’s biggest weakness probably. I’d say it’s worth a rush ticket or a TDF/Tkts discount if you love the movie, are a big Broadway fan in general or really want to see a show and nothing else appeals to you.

Playing Chicago starting April 2, with Broadway to follow in October. Norbert Leo Butz and Kate Baldwin star.

The Broadway-bound new musical “Big Fish,” based on the 2003 movie about a father-son relationship and the power of mythic storytelling, will begin performances on Sept. 5 at the Neil Simon Theater and include Tony Award nominees Bobby Steggert (“Ragtime”) and Kate Baldwin (“Finian’s Rainbow”) as the son and wife, respectively, of the show’s previously announced star, Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (“Catch Me If You Can”). The musical’s producers on Monday announced the full cast for “Big Fish,” which will have a Chicago tryout this spring, as well as the theater and performance dates, which include an opening night of Oct. 6.

Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, score from Andrew Lippa. 

Must see. 

A stage musical adaptation of the 2003 film “Big Fish” will play a five-week engagement in Chicago next spring, the producers announced on Thursday. Two-time Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz (“Catch Me If You Can”) will star in the show, which has music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (“The Addams Family”) and a book by the film’s screenwriter John August. Susan Stroman (“The Producers”) will be the director and choreographer.

Hall would play the Ewan McGregor part in the stage musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s film. Susan Stroman is directing, with music from Andrew Lippa.

Aiming for Broadway next spring. With music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (“The Addams Family,” “The Wild Party”) and a book by John August.