Overflowing with heart, humour and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself at the Hayes Theatre for a limited season from 21 April 2017.
Big Fish centres on Edward Bloom, a travelling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
Directed by Tyran Parke, leading the cast will be Phillip Lowe (Georgy Girl, Blood Brothers) as Edward Bloom and Katrina Retallick (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Addams Family) as Sandra Bloom. They are joined by Adam Rennie (Prodigal, Love Never Dies) as Will Bloom, and Kirby Burgess (Dirty Dancing, Heathers the Musical) as Jenny Hill.
“Big Fish promises to be magical,” says Director Tyran Parke. “It features among others, a mermaid, a giant, a tribe of witches and a man shot out of a cannon and all will be achieved on the tiny Hayes Theatre stage. Rewritten since its original Broadway season and reconfigured into an ensemble production featuring twelve dazzling triple threats, the show balances magic and heart in equal measures.”
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish features a book by John August, who also wrote the film’s screenplay, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman (The Producers, Crazy For You), Big Fish received its Broadway premiere at the Neil Simon Theatre in October 2013, following an out-of-town tryout at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre earlier that year.
“You feel like you’re watching something deep and powerful, sourced by a work of fine literature, propelled into awareness by a potent film and, most crucially of all, a story that makes us feel we can control, if not transcend, the story at the end of our lives.” – Chicago Tribune
Director: Tyran Parke Cast: Phillip Lowe, Katrina Retallick, Adam Rennie, Kirby Burgess, Aaron Tsindos, Joel Granger, Brittanie Shipway, Alessandra Merlo, Seth Drury, Brenden Lovett, Zoe Ioannou, Zachary Webster, Sam Wood, Brendan Godwin Choreographer: Cameron Mitchell Musical Director: Luke Byrne Production Designers: Anna Gardiner, Martelle Hunt Sound Designer: Neil McLean Lighting Designer: Matthew Tunchon
Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point
Season: 21 April – 14 May 2017
For more information, visit: www.bigfishaustralia.com.au for details.
Image: Phillip Lowe as Edward Bloom – photo by Chris Pavlich Photography